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Fencing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Sabre, Individual

Fencing at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Date Started: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: July 29, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: HUN Áron Szilágyi
Silver: ITA Diego Occhiuzzi
Bronze: RUS Nikolay Kovalyov

Summary

Between Beijing and London, Germany’s [Nicolas Limbach] had been the top sabre fencer in the world and had reached all three World Championships in this period. Unsurprisingly Limbach was the number one seed in London.

The opening rounds of competition passed off rather uneventfully but the round of 16 heralded the start of a massacre of the top seeded combatants. Recently crowned European champion [Aleksey Yakimenko] of Russia, #3 seed [Gu Bon-Gil] of Korea and former Olympic champions [Aldo Montano] and [Zhong Man] were all eliminated in quick succession.

This left Limbach as an even clearer favourite for the Olympic title but his hopes only lasted as far as his next contest where he was upset by the third string Russian [Nikolay Kovalyov].

The foil event in London saw the full emergence of Asia and Africa as new powers in the sport but sabre remained true to its European heartland and the final was played out between representatives of Hungary and Italy, traditionally two of the historic powerhouses of sabre fencing.

[Áron Szilágyi] of Hungary and Italian [Diego Occhiuzzi] had been successful as individuals but their major championship medals had mostly been achieved in team events. At #6 and #14 in the rankings few would have predicted they would face other for the gold medal in London.

As a contest the Olympic final was over by the half way stage. The Hungarian showed a dazzling turn of speed to win 8 of the first 9 points and, try as he might; Occhiuzzi was unable to claw back the deficit. Szilágyi’s win was the 13th victory for Hungary in the event but the first since the Barcelona Games of 1992.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal S
1 Áron Szilágyi 22 Hungary HUN Gold 6
2 Diego Occhiuzzi 31 Italy ITA Silver 14
3 Nikolay Kovalyov 25 Russia RUS Bronze 9
4 Rareş Dumitrescu 28 Romania ROU 8
5 Nicolas Limbach 26 Germany GER 1
6 Daryl Homer 22 United States USA 18
7 Max Hartung 22 Germany GER 24
8 Tim Morehouse 33 United States USA 38
9 Aleksey Yakimenko 28 Russia RUS 2
10 Gu Bon-Gil 23 South Korea KOR 3
11 Aldo Montano 33 Italy ITA 4
12 Won Wu-Yeong 30 South Korea KOR 7
13 Dmitry Lapkes 36 Belarus BLR 13
14 Benedikt Wagner 22 Germany GER 16
15 Zhong Man 29 China CHN 25
16 Aleksandr Buykevich 27 Belarus BLR 31
17 Veniamin Reshetnikov 25 Russia RUS 5
18 Bolade Apithy 26 France FRA 10
19 Kim Jeong-Hwan 28 South Korea KOR 11
20 Luigi Tarantino 39 Italy ITA 15
21 Tiberiu Dolniceanu 24 Romania ROU 18
22 Renzo Agresta 27 Brazil BRA 19
23 Liu Xiao 24 China CHN 22
24 Philippe Beaudry 25 Canada CAN 27
25 James Williams 26 United States USA 33
26 Dmytro Boiko 26 Ukraine UKR 36
27 Wang Jingzhi 29 China CHN 37
28 Valery Priyemko 29 Belarus BLR 41
29 Florin Zalomir 31 Romania ROU 42
30 Adam Skrodzki 28 Poland POL 43
31 Hernán Jansen 27 Venezuela VEN 71
32 Peng Kean Yu 21 Malaysia MAS 199
33 Mannad Ghazi 22 Egypt EGY 39
34 Hichem Samandi 25 Tunisia TUN 49
35 Lam Hin Chung 25 Hong Kong HKG 64
36 James Honeybone 21 Great Britain GBR 93
37 Mojtaba Abedini 27 Iran IRI 112