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Fencing at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Date Started: August 2, 1936
Date Finished: August 15, 1936
Events: 7

Participants: 311 (270 men and 41 women) from 29 countries
Youngest Participant: YUG Aleksandar Nikolić (17 years, 83 days)
Oldest Participant: ARG Carmelo Merlo (55 years, 29 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): ITA Giulio Gaudini and ITA Gustavo Marzi (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): ITA Italy (9 medals)


The fencing at the 1936 Games was held at two venues on the Reichssportfeld, the Sportforum and the Haus des Deutschen Sports. The same schedule of six events for men and the women’s foil were contested in Berlin as took place in Los Angeles in 1932.

The Olympic titles were divided between Italy, who won individual and team gold in both epée and foil, and Hungary who were dominant in sabre and also won the sole event for women.

The individual star of the games was [Giulio Gaudini] of Italy who added silver in team sabre to his two foil titles.

In view of the situation in Germany at the time, the medal podium at the women’s foil was one that held a special significance. All three medal winners were Jewish including the host nation’s [Helene Mayer], the only Jew on the German team.