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Fencing at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's Sabre, Team

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Fencing Ground just outside White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 21, 1908
Date Finished: July 24, 1908
Format: Single-elimination tournament with Bergvall system.

Gold: HUN Hungary
Silver: ITA Italy
Bronze: BOH Bohemia


With the gold and silver medalist from the individual event, the Hungarians were particularly dominant in the team sabre competition. They won their opening match over Germany by 9-0, and the Official Report noted that nobody could remember a team fencing match in which one team never scored a hit.

This victory began the Hungarian streak of dominance in team sabre fencing at the Olympics. Hungary won all the gold medals in this event at the Olympics from 1908-1960, except for 1920 when the nation was not invited because of its role in World War I. David Wallechinsky has pointed out that Hungary won 46 consecutive matches during this streak. Hungary has also been dominant in the team sabre at the world championships. World championships in the team sabre began in 1930, and were held through the 1950's in non-Olympic years. Hungary won the title in 1930-31, 1933-35, 1937, 1951, 1953-55, and 1957-58, failing to win the title only in 1938, 1947, and 1949-50.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Italy ITA Silver
3 Bohemia BOH Bronze
4 France FRA
5T Belgium BEL
5T Germany GER
5T Netherlands NED
5T Great Britain GBR