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Fencing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Épée, Individual

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Events:

Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 20, 1996
Date Finished: July 20, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: RUS Aleksandr Beketov
Silver: CUB Iván Trevejo
Bronze: HUN Géza Imre

Summary

According to the seeding, [Aleksandr Beketov] was expected to exit the competition at the first hurdle. The Russian upset predictions to reach the final by putting out reigning Olympic Champion [Eric Srecki] and two other Olympic medallists [Jean-Michel Henry] and [Iván Kovács] on his way. Kovács was a little unlucky in that he slipped and injured an ankle during their bout. The other half of the draw was also prone to upsets and the man who survived to face Beketov was another outsider in the shape of Cuba's [Iván Trevejo].

The final was desperately close with the scores tied on no less than nine occasions. With the scores at 14-14 a lunge from Beketov pushed through the Cuban's defences and saw him crowned Olympic champion. In an all-Hungarian bronze medal match [Géza Imre] defeated a still limping [Iván Kovács].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aleksandr Beketov 26 Russia RUS Gold
2 Iván Trevejo 24 Cuba CUB Silver
3 Géza Imre 21 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Iván Kovács 26 Hungary HUN
5 Sandro Cuomo 33 Italy ITA
6 Jean-Michel Henry 32 France FRA
7 Kaido Kaaberma 27 Estonia EST
8 Marius Strzalka 37 Germany GER
9 Éric Srecki 32 France FRA
10 Arnd Schmitt 31 Germany GER
11 Angelo Mazzoni 35 Italy ITA
12 Robert Leroux 28 France FRA
13 Mauricio Rivas 32 Colombia COL
14 Pavel Kolobkov 26 Russia RUS
15 Andrus Kajak 30 Estonia EST
16 Elmar Borrmann 39 Germany GER
17 Péter Vánky 28 Sweden SWE
18 Maurizio Randazzo 32 Italy ITA
19 Jean-Marc Chouinard 32 Canada CAN
20 Danek Nowosielski 29 Canada CAN
21 Nic Bürgin 24 Switzerland SUI
22 Krisztián Kulcsár 25 Hungary HUN
23 Yang Noe-Seong 23 South Korea KOR
24 Zhao Gang 25 China CHN
25 Jim Carpenter 34 United States USA
26 Vitaly Zakharov 28 Belarus BLR
27 Jang Tae-Seok 27 South Korea KOR
28 Mike Marx 38 United States USA
29 César González 30 Spain ESP
30 Valery Zakharevich 28 Russia RUS
31 Tamir Bloom 24 United States USA
32 Gheorghe Epurescu 26 Romania ROU
33 Oscar Fernández 34 Spain ESP
34 Olivier Jacquet 27 Switzerland SUI
35 Meelis Loit 25 Estonia EST
36 Fernando de la Peña 36 Spain ESP
37 Roman Ječmínek 29 Czech Republic CZE
38 James Ransom 25 Canada CAN
39 Nuno Frazão 24 Portugal POR
40 Paris Inostroza 23 Chile CHI
41 Juan Miguel Paz 30 Colombia COL
42 Lee Sang-Gi 30 South Korea KOR
43 Gabriel Pantelimon 27 Romania ROU
44 Iliya Mechkov 26 Bulgaria BUL
45 Aurel Bratu 23 Romania ROU