Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 22, 1996
Date Finished: July 22, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
The foil competition in Atlanta was a wild ride. Both the 1993 and 1995 World Champions fell at their first hurdle. [Alexander Koch] of Germany was eliminated by [Ye Chong] of China whilst reigning World Champion [Dmitry Shevchenko] of Russia was the victim of an enormous upset at the hands of the unheralded Korean [Kim Yeong-Ho]. The drama continued in the round of 16 where a bout between reigning Olympic champion [Philippe Omnès] and Cuban [Elvis Gregory] dissolved into acrimony. With the scores level at 14-14 Omnès was alleged to have insulted his opponent. After the Frenchman sealed victory the two men, their teammates and entourages became involved in an altercation that was eventually separated by security personnel. Omnès was eliminated by a teammate in the next round.
The two men who survived the carnage to reach the final were Italy's [Alessandro Puccini], whose successes had mostly been in team competitions, and Frenchman [Lionel Plumenail]. Puccini won by a score of 15-12 to record what would be the only major individual win of his career. France claimed another medal when [Franck Boidin] won the bronze medal.
|8||Kim Yeong-Ho||25||South Korea||KOR|
|21||José Francisco Guerra||28||Spain||ESP|
|29||Kim Yong-Guk||29||South Korea||KOR|
|30||Jeong Su-Gi||25||South Korea||KOR|
|34||Cliff Bayer||19||United States||USA|
|37||Peter Devine||20||United States||USA|
|39||Nick Bravin||25||United States||USA|
|42T||Abdul Muhsen Ali||19||Kuwait||KUW|