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Fencing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Sabre, Individual

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Fencing Hall, Helleniko Olympic Complex, Hellinikon
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 14, 2004
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: ITA Aldo Montano
Silver: HUN Zsolt Nemcsik
Bronze: UKR Vladyslav Tretiak


[Aldo Montano]was the 6th member of the Montano fencing dynasty to appear at the Olympic Games. His grandfather, also called [Aldo], had competed at the 1936 and 1948 Games whilst his father and two uncles had been stalwarts of the Italian team during the 70s.

Whilst the family had produced individual medallists and team gold medal winners the one thing missing from the family’s CV was an Olympic gold medal in an individual event.

Montano entered the Olympics as a bronze medallist from the 2013 World Championships but the favourites for the title were reigning world champion and #1 seed [Volodymyr Lukashenko] of Ukraine and Russian [Stanislav Pozdnyakov], who had won the 2011 and 2012 World titles.

All proceeded smoothly until the quarter finals where Lukashenko, Pozdnyakov and reigning champion [Mihai Covaliu] fell in quick succession.

After an easy semi-final victory against [Dmitry Lapkes] of Belarus, Montano met with tougher opposition in the form of Hungary’s [Zsolt Nemcsik] in the final. Montano had to fight back from an early 5-1 deficit and a warning for arguing with the officials, to take victory in a bout which went to the last possible point. The Italian team marked his victory by hurling into the air in celebration.

Ukraine's [Vladyslav Tretiak], a complete outsider, took bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aldo Montano 25 Italy ITA Gold
2 Zsolt Nemcsik 26 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Vladyslav Tretiak 24 Ukraine UKR Bronze
4 Dmitry Lapkes 28 Belarus BLR
5 Volodymyr Lukashenko 24 Ukraine UKR
6 Stanislav Pozdnyakov 30 Russia RUS
7 Mihai Covaliu 26 Romania ROU
8 Sergey Sharikov 30 Russia RUS
9 Luigi Tarantino 31 Italy ITA
10 Domonkos Ferjancsik 28 Hungary HUN
11 Julien Pillet 26 France FRA
12 Ivan Lee 23 United States USA
13 Wiradech Kothny 25 Thailand THA
14 Rafał Sznajder 31 Poland POL
15 Keeth Smart 26 United States USA
16 Volodymyr Kaliuzhniy 32 Ukraine UKR
17 Aleksey Dyachenko 25 Russia RUS
18 Balázs Lengyel 24 Hungary HUN
19 Gaël Touya 30 France FRA
20 Damien Touya 29 France FRA
21 Fernando Medina 31 Spain ESP
22 Gianpiero Pastore 28 Italy ITA
23 O Eun-Seok 21 South Korea KOR
24 Michel Boulos 28 Canada CAN
25 Jason Rogers 21 United States USA
26 Chen Feng 24 China CHN
27 Huang Yaojiang 22 China CHN
28 Kostas Manetas 24 Greece GRE
29 Cándido Maya 30 Cuba CUB
30 Zhou Hanming 23 China CHN
31 Masashi Nagara 27 Japan JPN
32 Renzo Agresta 19 Brazil BRA
33 Mohammed Rebai 27 Tunisia TUN
34 Marios Basmatzian 26 Greece GRE
35 Jason Dourakos 20 Greece GRE
36 Sorel-Arthur Kembe 28 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
37 Raouf Salim Bernaoui 28 Algeria ALG
38 Reda Ben Chehima 26 Algeria ALG
39 Nassim Islam Bernaoui 27 Algeria ALG