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Fencing at the 1948 London Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: July 30, 1948
Date Finished: August 13, 1948
Events: 7

Participants: 294 (255 men and 39 women) from 30 countries
Youngest Participant: FRA Christian d'Oriola (19 years, 301 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Archibald Craig (61 years, 134 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): ITA Edoardo Mangiarotti (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): ITA Italy (6 medals)


The venue for the fencing events at the 2nd London Olympics was the regally named [Palace of Engineering], one of three buildings on the site built for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924.

Little seemed to have changed in the 12 years since the Berlin Olympics, and the same three nations that had been the most successful in 1936 repeated their triumphs in London. Italy won the most medals with six though the majority of gold medals were shared between France and Hungary. No other nation had won a men's Olympic title since 1920 and none would so until the Rome Games of 1960.

As an individual [Edoardo Mangiarotti] was the most successful fencer with three medals, one of each colour, whilst [Aladár Gerevich] of Hungary and [Jéhan de Buhan] of France were double Olympic champions.