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Men's Sabre, Individual

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Football Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 24, 1980
Date Finished: July 25, 1980

Gold: URS Viktor Krovopuskov
Silver: URS Mikhail Burtsev
Bronze: HUN Imre Gedővári


The Soviets had swept the podium at the 1979 World Championships and, with home advantage, looked in prime position to repeat that success at the Olympic Games.

[Vladimir Nazlymov], the World Champion, looked in outstanding form during the early stages of the event before a pair of defeats in the knockout rounds sent him crashing out of the competition.

The two other Soviets, [Viktor Krovopuskov] and [Mikhail Burtsev], both reached the final pool and tied for first position with four wins each. Krovopuskov won the tie-break bout 5-3 to claim gold.

[Imre Gedővári] of Hungary won bronze with the Etropolski twins from Bulgaria placing 4th and 5th.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Viktor Krovopuskov 31 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Mikhail Burtsev 24 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Imre Gedővári 29 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Vasil Etropolski 21 Bulgaria BUL
5 Khristo Etropolski 21 Bulgaria BUL
6 Michele Maffei 33 Italy ITA
7 Ferdinando Meglio 21 Italy ITA
8 Vladimir Nazlymov 34 Soviet Union URS
9T Cornel Marin 27 Romania ROU
9T Pál Gerevich 31 Hungary HUN
9T Andrzej Kostrzewa 21 Poland POL
9T José Laverdeza 19 Cuba CUB
13T Jacek Bierkowski 32 Poland POL
13T Ioan Pop 25 Romania ROU
13T György Nébald 24 Hungary HUN
13T Georgi Chomakov 21 Bulgaria BUL
17 Leszek Jabłonowski 26 Poland POL
18 Frank-Eberhard Höltje 26 East Germany GDR
19 Mario Aldo Montano 32 Italy ITA
20 Jesús Ortíz 26 Cuba CUB
21 Jean-François Lamour 24 France FRA
22 Marin Mustaţă 26 Romania ROU
23 Peter Ulbrich 24 East Germany GDR
24 Mark Slade 21 Great Britain GBR
25 Manuel Ortíz 32 Cuba CUB
26 Valentín Paraíso 25 Spain ESP
27 Rüdiger Müller 25 East Germany GDR
28 Ahmed Al-Ahmed 18 Kuwait KUW
29 Ali Al-Khawajah 23 Kuwait KUW
30 Eyiad Mohamed 20 Kuwait KUW