Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): University of Montréal Winter Stadium, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 24, 1976
Date Finished: July 25, 1976
The Soviet Union had won the 1973-74 World Championships, while France won in 1975. The pool winners in round one were the Soviets, France, Italy, and Poland, the 1972 Olympic Champions. In pool three, Italy defeated West Germany, 9-7, but both teams advanced to the quarter-finals. The round one pool champions all won their quarter-final matches, except for Poland, which was defeated by the West Germans, 9-4. In the semi-finals, Italy and France tied on bouts, 8-8, but Italy won on fewer touches and advanced to the final, where they would have a re-match with West Germany. However, this time the Germans turned the tables, winning the gold medal, 9-6.
One member of the West German team would never compete again at the Olympics, but would become quite influential within the Olympic Movement. Thomas Bach became an IOC Member in 1991 and in 2013 became President of the IOC.