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Fencing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Sabre, Individual

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Palace of Metallurgy, Barcelona
Date Started: August 2, 1992
Date Finished: August 2, 1992

Gold: HUN Bence Szabó
Silver: ITA Marco Marin
Bronze: FRA Jean-François Lamour


From 1908 to 1964 Hungary won the men’s sabre every time they competed with the exception of 1920 when the nation was barred from competing in the aftermath of World War One.

Since the streak was broken in 1968 Hungarians had still been regular visitors to the Olympic podium but none had been able to take the Olympic title.

The man who restored Hungarian fortunes was 30 year old [Bence Szabó]. Szabó had already tasted Olympic gold as part of the winning team in Seoul and arrived at Barcelona as the reigning European Champion.

World Champion [Grigory Kiriyenko] had been eliminated long before the semi-finals which pitted four Olympic champions against each other. The first semi-final saw Szabó edge [Giovanni Scalzo] in a battle where a 1988 team gold winner defeated a 1984 team gold winner in 3 sets. The second semi was a rematch of the individual final from the Los Angeles Games but this time it was [Marco Marin] of Italy who turned the tables on the 1984 and 1988 champion [Jean-François Lamour] and ensured the Frenchman would not complete a hat-trick of titles.

Marin could not repeat his form in the final and Szabó was a comfortable winner and conceded only two hits on his way to victory. Scalzo defeated Lamour in the bronze final.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bence Szabó 30 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Marco Marin 29 Italy ITA Silver
3 Jean-François Lamour 36 France FRA Bronze
4 Giovanni Scalzo 33 Italy ITA
5 Antonio García 27 Spain ESP
6 Ferdinando Meglio 33 Italy ITA
7 Robert Kościelniakowski 28 Poland POL
8 Jürgen Nolte 32 Germany GER
9 Jean-Philippe Daurelle 28 France FRA
10 Grigory Kiriyenko 26 Unified Team EUN
11 Csaba Köves 25 Hungary HUN
12 Janusz Olech 27 Poland POL
13 Aleksandr Shirshov 19 Unified Team EUN
14 Felix Becker 27 Germany GER
15 Zheng Zhaokang 28 China CHN
16 Daniel Grigore 23 Romania ROU
17 Jörg Kempenich 27 Germany GER
18 Franck Ducheix 30 France FRA
19 Marek Gniewkowski 27 Poland POL
20 Heorhiy Pohosov 32 Unified Team EUN
21 Mike Lofton 28 United States USA
22 Yang Zhen 24 China CHN
23 Jean-Paul Banos 31 Canada CAN
24 Bob Cottingham 26 United States USA
25 György Nébald 36 Hungary HUN
26 Vilmoş Szabo 27 Romania ROU
27 Zisis Babanasis 27 Greece GRE
28 Jean-Marie Banos 30 Canada CAN
29 Raúl Peinador 23 Spain ESP
30 Alexandru Chiculiţă 31 Romania ROU
31 Kirk Zavieh 24 Great Britain GBR
32 Ian Williams 24 Great Britain GBR
33 Gary Fletcher 30 Great Britain GBR
34 Steve Mormando 36 United States USA
35 Tony Plourde 26 Canada CAN
36 Dario Torrente 26 South Africa RSA
37 Ricardo Menalda 26 Brazil BRA
38 Jia Guihua 28 China CHN
39 Esteban Mullins 25 Costa Rica CRC
40 Luís Silva 20 Portugal POR
41 Hiroshi Hashimoto 27 Japan JPN
42 Hein van Garderen 23 South Africa RSA
43 Sami Al-Baker 20 Saudi Arabia KSA
44 José Luis Álvarez 23 Spain ESP