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Fencing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Sabre, Team

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Fencing Gymnasium, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 28, 1988
Date Finished: September 29, 1988

Gold: HUN Hungary
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: ITA Italy


After missing the Los Angeles Olympics, the Soviet Union had returned to completely dominate the event and win all three World Championship in the years leading up to the Games of Seoul.

The Soviets easily reached the final where they would meet Hungary. Hungary had beaten Poland on a tie breaker in the quarter-final before upsetting Italy in the semi-final. Things looked bleak for the Hungarians when they trailed 7-3 to the USSR but they rebounded to draw level at 7-7 and shared the final bouts to tie 8-8. Since Hungary had recorded 3 more hits over the 16 bouts they were awarded the Olympic title for the first time since their run of 7 Olympic titles was ended in 1964.

The bronze medal duel between Italy and France was suspended when the French team walked off in protest at the refereeing of the match. After a half hour the French were convinced to resume and rallied to force an 8-8 tie but Italy recorded a single hit more than their opponents and won by 64-63 on the tiebreaker.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Italy ITA Bronze
4 France FRA
5 Poland POL
6 West Germany FRG
7 United States USA
8 Bulgaria BUL
9 Canada CAN
10 China CHN
11 South Korea KOR