Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): University of Montréal Winter Stadium, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 28, 1976
Date Finished: July 29, 1976
Sweden and West Germany had emerged as major players in the world of épée in the years since the München Olympics with [Rolf Edling] of Sweden winning the World title in 1973 and 1974 and West Germany’s [Alexander Pusch] matching that feat in 1975. Both men qualified for the medal pool in Montréal which turned out to be the most evenly matched in Olympic history. Three men, including Pusch, were tied with a record of 3 wins and 2 losses whilst the other three, which included Edling, had 2 wins and 3 losses. Pusch won matches in the tie-breaking barrage to win gold ahead of teammate [Hans-Jürgen Hehn] and the 1968 champion [Győző Kulcsár] of Hungary. If one ignores the 1906 Intercalated Games, Pusch was the first German male to win an Olympic fencing title.