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Fencing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Date Started: August 15, 1920
Date Finished: August 26, 1920
Events: 6

Participants: 149 (149 men and 0 women) from 13 countries
Youngest Participant: POR Henrique da Silveira (19 years, 207 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Evan James (54 years, 16 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): ITA Nedo Nadi (5 medals)
Most Medals (Country): FRA France (8 medals)


Fencing was an extremely popular sport in Belgium in 1920 and the fencing events drew large crowds to the Gardens de la Palace d’Egmont, situated near the Beerschot Stadium. The event were scheduled to be held outdoors, but because of rain, many of the pools were moved indoors to a “hall with a linoleum floor.”

The 1920 fencing events were well contested and were a showcase for the talents of the Italian star, Nedo Nadi. Nadi competed in five events at Antwerp and won gold medals in all five. Through 2004, only Mark Spitz (USA) with 7 swim golds at Munich in 1972, Kristin Otto (GDR), with 6 swim golds at Seoul in 1988, Vitaly Shcherbo (EUN), with 6 gymnastics golds in 1992, and Michael Phelps (USA), with 6 swim golds in 2004, have won more gold medals at a single Olympics than Nedo Nadi. Nadi did not compete in the individual épée event. Nadi’s brother, Aldo, also competed in Antwerp. Aldo Nadi won three gold medals in the team events and an individual silver medal behind his brother in the sabre event.