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Fencing at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: July 31, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Events: 7

Participants: 108 (91 men and 17 women) from 16 countries
Youngest Participant: MEX Eugenia Escudero (17 years, 250 days)
Oldest Participant: ARG Carmelo Merlo (51 years, 27 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): ITA Giulio Gaudini (4 medals)
Most Medals (Country): ITA Italy (8 medals)


The 1932 fencing events were contested at the [State Armory of the 160th Infantry] of the California National Guard. There were seven events in 1932, six for men and a women's individual foil, as there had been in 1924 and 1928 and would be until 1960, when a team foil event for women would be added. Of the 21 available medals, 16 went to Italy, France, and Hungary, with all three nations winning two men's events. Italy won eight medals in all – two gold, four silver, two bronze, while France and Hungary both won four total medals.

As in 1928 there was some question within the IOC about continuing to allow women to fence. But the IOC voted 17-2 in favor of keeping women's foil on the Olympic Program. In 1936 the vote would be unanimous and women have competed in fencing continuously since 1924.