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Men's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): State Armory of the 160th Infantry, Olympic Park, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 2, 1932
Date Finished: August 4, 1932

Gold: ITA Gustavo Marzi
Silver: USA Joe Levis
Bronze: ITA Giulio Gaudini


The Italian fencer [Gustavo Marzi], who had won a silver in team sabre at Amsterdam, was the favorite and was never challenged, defeating all his final pool opponents with only 17 touches scored against him. The 1931 world champion, [René Lemoine], did not make the French team for the individual event and did not compete. American [Joe Levis] reached a surprising second place and Italian [Giulio Gaudini], the 1930 world champion, won the bronze medal, as Italy took three of the top four places. The hopes of the Germans were concentrated on [Erwin Casmir], but he had some unfortunate defeats in the final against Marzi, the Argentinian [Ángel Gorordo] and Levis. The Frenchman [Philippe Cattiau] had defeated Casmir in Amsterdam in a final pool bout, when he placed fifth, but in Los Angeles, he was well down in the final pool, placing ninth. Denmark's [Ivan Osiier] was appearing at his sixth Olympic Games. In 1936, he would skip the Olympics as a protest against Germany's Nazi regime, but he returned in 1948 to compete at his seventh Games, 40 years after his first in 1908.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gustavo Marzi 23 Italy ITA Gold
2 Joe Levis 27 United States USA Silver
3 Giulio Gaudini 27 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Gioacchino Guaragna 24 Italy ITA
5 Erwin Casmir 36 Germany GER
6 Emrys Lloyd 26 Great Britain GBR
7 Roberto Larraz 33 Argentina ARG
8 René Bougnol 21 France FRA
9 Philippe Cattiau 40 France FRA
10 Ángel Gorordo 28 Argentina ARG
6 p1 r2/3 Edward Gardère 23 France FRA
6 p2 r2/3 Georges de Bourguignon 22 Belgium BEL
7 p1 r2/3 Axel Bloch 21 Denmark DEN
7 p2 r2/3 Ivan Osiier 43 Denmark DEN
8 p1 r2/3 Werner Mund 24 Belgium BEL
8 p2 r2/3 Dernell Every 25 United States USA
9 p1 r2/3 Doris de Jong 30 Netherlands NED
9 p2 r2/3 Paul de Graffenried 32 Switzerland SUI
7 p2 r1/3 Eduardo Prieto 20 Mexico MEX
7 p3 r1/3 Theodore Lorber 25 United States USA
7T p1 r1/3 Ernest Dalton 35 Canada CAN
7T p1 r1/3 Leobardo Candiani 27 Mexico MEX
8 p2 r1/3 Rodolfo Valenzuela 26 Argentina ARG
8 p3 r1/3 Raymundo Izcoa Mexico MEX
9 p2 r1/3 Bertram Markus 32 Canada CAN
9 p3 r1/3 Erik Kofoed-Hansen 35 Denmark DEN