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Fencing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Football Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 22, 1980
Date Finished: July 23, 1980

Gold: URS Volodymyr Smyrnov
Silver: FRA Pascal Jolyot
Bronze: URS Aleksandr Romankov

Summary

After winning the world title in 1977 and 1979 [Aleksandr Romankov] of the USSR had every right to be considered favourite for the Olympic title. His title hopes was increased when 1976 Olympic champion [Fabio Dal Zotto] withdrew himself from consideration for a place on the Italian team.

Romankov would have won the Olympic title had he beaten teammate [Volodymyr Smyrnov] in the final pool but a defeat forced him into a three-way barrage with Smyrnov and Frenchman [Pascal Jolyot], the reigning World silver medallist.

Smyrnov beat Jolyot with ease but then Jolyot scored an equally decisive win over Romankov. Smyrnov then defeated Romankov in a close fought match to claim the title.

[Volodymyr Smyrnov]’s life ended in tragic circumstances. He was competing at the 1982 World Championships when his opponent’s weapon broke, pierced his mask and went into his brain.

He died a few days later.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Volodymyr Smyrnov 26 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Pascal Jolyot 21 France FRA Silver
3 Aleksandr Romankov 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Sabirzhan Ruziyev 27 Soviet Union URS
5 Lech Koziejowski 31 Poland POL
6 Petru Kuki 25 Romania ROU
7 István Szelei 19 Hungary HUN
8 Frédéric Pietruszka 26 France FRA
9T Hartmuth Behrens 29 East Germany GDR
9T Adam Robak 23 Poland POL
9T Greg Benko 27 Australia AUS
9T Klaus Kotzmann 20 East Germany GDR
13T Pierre Harper 23 Great Britain GBR
13T Jaroslav Jurka 31 Czechoslovakia TCH
13T Bogusław Zych 28 Poland POL
13T Klaus Haertter 27 East Germany GDR
17 Heriberto González 21 Cuba CUB
18 Stéphane Ganeff 21 Belgium BEL
19 Rob Bruniges 23 Great Britain GBR
20 Thierry Soumagne 26 Belgium BEL
21 Federico Cervi 19 Italy ITA
22 Miguel Roca 24 Spain ESP
23 Didier Flament 29 France FRA
24 László Demény 26 Hungary HUN
25 Mihai Ţiu 34 Romania ROU
26 András Papp 19 Hungary HUN
27 Efigenio Favier 21 Cuba CUB
28 Tahar Hamou 20 Algeria ALG
29 František Koukal 31 Czechoslovakia TCH
30 Jesús Esperanza 19 Spain ESP
31 Khaled Al-Awadhi 15 Kuwait KUW
32 Guillermo Betancourt 17 Cuba CUB
33 Dany Haddad 19 Lebanon LIB
34 Kifah Al-Mutawa 17 Kuwait KUW
35 Tudor Petruş 30 Romania ROU
36 Hassan Hamze Lebanon LIB
37 Ahmed Al-Ahmed 18 Kuwait KUW