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Men's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): House of Sports, Cupola Hall, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin; Sports Forum, Gymnastics Hall, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 5, 1936
Date Finished: August 6, 1936

Gold: ITA Giulio Gaudini
Silver: FRA Edward Gardère
Bronze: ITA Giorgio Bocchino


[Giulio Gaudini] had won an Olympic gold medal as part of the Italian foil team in 1928 but, despite being one of the most successful fencers in the inter-war period, had not won an individual foil in any of his three previous Olympic appearances. Gaudini had been European champion in 1934 but that title was now held by [André Gardère], one of two brothers who would represent France in Berlin.

There were few surprises in the list of qualifiers for the final pool which included three Italians in the eight combatants. As André Gardère floundered, his brother Edward emerged as the most serious threat to Gaudini. The deciding bout saw Gaudini emerge victorious by 5 hits to 3 and go on to complete a perfect 7-0 record. Another Italian, [Giorgio Bocchino], won the bronze medal.

Gaudini did not live to see another Olympic Games as he died of lung cancer in early 1948.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Giulio Gaudini 31 Italy ITA Gold
2 Edward Gardère 27 France FRA Silver
3 Giorgio Bocchino 23 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Erwin Casmir 40 Germany GER
5 Gioacchino Guaragna 28 Italy ITA
6 Raymond Bru 30 Belgium BEL
7 André Gardère 23 France FRA
8 Georges de Bourguignon 26 Belgium BEL
5 p1 r4/5 Emrys Lloyd 30 Great Britain GBR
5 p2 r4/5 Béla Bay 29 Hungary HUN
6 p1 r4/5 Paul Valcke 22 Belgium BEL
6 p2 r4/5 René Lemoine 30 France FRA
7 p1 r4/5 József Hátszeghy 32 Hungary HUN
7 p2 r4/5 Joe Levis 31 United States USA
8 p1 r4/5 Julius Eisenecker 33 Germany GER
8 p2 r4/5 Josef Losert 28 Austria AUT
5 p2 r3/5 Lajos Maszlay 32 Hungary HUN
5 p3 r3/5 Jens Frølich 22 Norway NOR
5 p4 r3/5 Mahmoud Abdin 29 Egypt EGY
5T p1 r3/5 Johan Falkenberg 34 Norway NOR
5T p1 r3/5 Roberto Larraz 37 Argentina ARG
6 p2 r3/5 Bengt Ljungquist 23 Sweden SWE
6 p3 r3/5 Jiří Jesenský 30 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 p4 r3/5 Aage Leidersdorff 26 Denmark DEN
5 p1 r2/5 Michel Fauconnet 26 Switzerland SUI
5 p2 r2/5 Ivar Tingdahl 42 Sweden SWE
5 p3 r2/5 August Heim 32 Germany GER
5 p4 r2/5 Edo Marion 26 Yugoslavia YUG
5 p5 r2/5 Hugh Alessandroni 28 United States USA
5 p5 r2/5 Nikolaos Manolesos Greece GRE
5 p6 r2/5 Bill Pecora 23 United States USA
6 p1 r2/5 Karl Sudrich 40 Austria AUT
6 p2 r2/5 Gottfried von Meiss 26 Switzerland SUI
6 p3 r2/5 Josef Ritz 36 Austria AUT
6 p4 r2/5 Konstantinos Bembis Greece GRE
6 p6 r2/5 Bohuslav Kirchmann 34 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 p1 r1/5 Ángel Gorordo 32 Argentina ARG
5 p2 r1/5 Ricardo Vagnotti 23 Brazil BRA
5 p3 r1/5 Denis Pearce 40 Great Britain GBR
5 p4 r1/5 Tomás Goyoaga 38 Chile CHI
5 p5 r1/5 Svend Jacobsen 29 Denmark DEN
5 p6 r1/5 Rodolfo Valenzuela 30 Argentina ARG
5 p7 r1/5 Caspar Schrøder 30 Denmark DEN
5 p8 r1/5 David Bartlett 24 Great Britain GBR
5 p9 r1/5 Charles Otis 30 Canada CAN
5 p9 r1/5 Paul Kunze 31 Netherlands NED
6 p1 r1/5 César Barros 24 Chile CHI
6 p2 r1/5 Mirko Koršić 22 Yugoslavia YUG
6 p3 r1/5 Hervarth Frass von Friedenfeldt 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 p4 r1/5 Marjan Pengov 23 Yugoslavia YUG
6 p5 r1/5 Jean Rubli 25 Switzerland SUI
6 p6 r1/5 Ferdinando Alessandri 32 Brazil BRA
6 p7 r1/5 Moacyr Dunham 27 Brazil BRA
6 p8 r1/5 Dimitar Vasilev 32 Bulgaria BUL
7 p1 r1/5 Spyridon Ferentinos Greece GRE
7 p3 r1/5 Mauris Shamil Egypt EGY
7 p5 r1/5 Hermógenes Valdebenito 35 Chile CHI
7 p6 r1/5 Ernest Dalton 39 Canada CAN
7 p7 r1/5 Nils Jørgensen 25 Norway NOR
7 p8 r1/5 Don Collinge 26 Canada CAN
7 p9 r1/5 Anwar Tawfik 22 Egypt EGY
8 p3 r1/5 Hubert de Bèsche 25 Sweden SWE