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Women's Foil, Individual

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Fencing Hall 1, Exhibition Lands (Hall 11 & 12), München; Fencing Hall 1, Exhibition Lands (Hall 20), München
Date Started: September 2, 1972
Date Finished: September 3, 1972

Gold: ITA Antonella Ragno-Lonzi
Silver: HUN Ildikó Farkasinszky-Bóbis
Bronze: URS Galina Gorokhova


After 15 years on the international scene and having already appeared at three Olympic Games, [Antonella Ragno-Lonzi] had never quite scaled the heights. She had won a silver medal at the 1967 World Championships but mostly she was a regular bronze medallist and even then the medals had dried up in recent times.

The possibility of an Olympic championship looked even further away when she only progressed through the first round with a losing record. She did manage to qualify for the final though with the worst record of the six finalists and was not thought of as a medal contender.

As in the men’s team sabre, the Italian supporters were privileged to see their favourite pull out a series of upset victories to claim the Olympic title. Ragno-Lonzi’s four wins saw her take gold ahead of the more favoured [Ildikó Farkasinszky-Bóbis] of Hungary and the USSR’s [Galina Gorokhova]


Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Antonella Ragno-Lonzi 32 Italy ITA Gold
2 Ildikó Farkasinszky-Bóbis 26 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Galina Gorokhova 33 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Marie-Chantal Depetris-Demaille 30 France FRA
5 Yelena Novikova-Belova 25 Soviet Union URS
6 Kerstin Palm 26 Sweden SWE
4 p1 r3/4 Cathérine Rousselet-Ceretti 29 France FRA
4 p2 r3/4 Brigitte Gapais-Dumont 28 France FRA
5 p1 r3/4 Maria Consolata Collino 24 Italy ITA
5 p2 r3/4 Giulia Lorenzoni 32 Italy ITA
6 p1 r3/4 Katarína Lokšová-Ráczová 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 p2 r3/4 Claudine le Comte 22 Belgium BEL
4 p1 r2/4 Irmela Broniecki 28 West Germany FRG
4 p2 r2/4 Brigitte Oertel 18 West Germany FRG
4 p3 r2/4 Ileana Gyulai-Drîmbă-Jenei 26 Romania ROU
4 p4 r2/4 Elżbieta Franke-Cymerman 32 Poland POL
5 p1 r2/4 Max Madsen 26 Denmark DEN
5 p2 r2/4 Halina Balon 24 Poland POL
5 p3 r2/4 Margarita Rodríguez 25 Cuba CUB
5 p4 r2/4 Ruth White 21 United States USA
6 p1 r2/4 Mária Szolnoki 25 Hungary HUN
6 p2 r2/4 Ildikó Rejtő-Ujlaky-Sági 35 Hungary HUN
6 p3 r2/4 Aleksandra Zabelina 35 Soviet Union URS
6 p4 r2/4 Sue Green 22 Great Britain GBR
4 p1 r1/4 Marlene Infante 19 Cuba CUB
4 p2 r1/4 Olga Orban-Szabo 33 Romania ROU
4 p3 r1/4 Ana Derşidan-Ene-Pascu 27 Romania ROU
4 p4 r1/4 Marion Exelby 20 Australia AUS
4 p5 r1/4 Elke Radlingmaier 28 Austria AUT
4 p6 r1/4 Christine McDougall 21 Australia AUS
4 p7 r1/4 Fabienne Regamey 20 Switzerland SUI
4 p8 r1/4 Karin Rutz-Gießelmann 24 West Germany FRG
5 p1 r1/4 Harriet King 36 United States USA
5 p2 r1/4 María Esther García 17 Cuba CUB
5 p3 r1/4 Hannelore Hradez 31 Austria AUT
5 p4 r1/4 Kamilla Składanowska 24 Poland POL
5 p5 r1/4 Donna Hennyey 30 Canada CAN
5 p6 r1/4 Janet Bewley-Cathie-Wardell-Yerburgh 32 Great Britain GBR
5 p7 r1/4 Clare Henley-Halsted 24 Great Britain GBR
5 p8 r1/4 Madeleine Heitz 32 Switzerland SUI
6 p1 r1/4 Waltraut Peck-Repa 31 Austria AUT
6 p4 r1/4 Sylvia Iannuzzi-San Martín 25 Argentina ARG
6 p6 r1/4 Özden Ezinler 22 Turkey TUR
6 p7 r1/4 Ann O'Donnell 25 United States USA