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Fencing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Épée, Individual

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Palace of Engineering, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 7, 1948
Date Finished: August 9, 1948

Gold: ITA Gino Cantone
Silver: SUI Oswald Zappelli
Bronze: ITA Edoardo Mangiarotti


Although [Gino Cantone] had performed well in the team competition, he was not chosen for the decisive match against France and, as he was not chosen for the individual event, it seemed he would have to settle for an Olympic silver to add to the team bronze he had won at the 1947 World Championships. Fate then intervened as teammate [Dario Mangiarotti] sustained a foot injury and Cantone was chosen to replace him. Cantone qualified for the final pool easily enough although he was by no means the most impressive of the qualifiers and went on to lose to the two Italian compatriots early in the decisive phase but then something strange happened. As Cantone notched up victories, the rest failed to take advantage of his early defeats and no one else could post better than a 5-4 win loss record. Since he was no more than the 4th or 5th ranked of the Italian fencers, his victory was clearly unexpected as was the silver medal gained by [Oswald Zappelli] of Switzerland.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gino Cantone 31 Italy ITA Gold
2 Oswald Zappelli 34 Switzerland SUI Silver
3 Edoardo Mangiarotti 29 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Henri Guérin 43 France FRA
5 Jean-Marie Radoux 42 Belgium BEL
6 Henri Lepage 40 France FRA
7 Carlo Agostoni 39 Italy ITA
8 Émile Gretsch 39 Luxembourg LUX
9 Norman Lewis 32 United States USA
10 Ronald Parfitt 35 Great Britain GBR
6 p1 r3/4 Bengt Ljungquist 35 Sweden SWE
6 p2 r3/4 Marcel Desprets 41 France FRA
7 p2 r3/4 Miguel Biancalana 45 Brazil BRA
7T p1 r3/4 Egill Knutzen 34 Norway NOR
7T p1 r3/4 Raúl Saucedo 43 Argentina ARG
8 p2 r3/4 Charles Debeur 42 Belgium BEL
9 p2 r3/4 Mahmoud Younes 33 Egypt EGY
AC p1 r3/4 Emiliano Camargo 31 Colombia COL DNF
4 p1 r2/4 Joe de Capriles 36 United States USA
4 p2 r2/4 Charles de Beaumont 46 Great Britain GBR
4 p3 r2/4 Antonio Villamil 43 Argentina ARG
4 p4 r2/4 Mogens Lüchow 30 Denmark DEN
4 p5 r2/4 Paul Anen 30 Luxembourg LUX
4 p6 r2/4 Roberto Mañalich 42 Cuba CUB
5 p1 r2/4 Alf Horn 35 Canada CAN
5 p2 r2/4 Frank Cervell 41 Sweden SWE
5 p3 r2/4 Bert Pelling 44 Great Britain GBR
5 p4 r2/4 Robert Lips 35 Switzerland SUI
5 p5 r2/4 Ib Nielsen 29 Denmark DEN
5 p6 r2/4 Jean Asfar Egypt EGY
6 p1 r2/4 Nils Sjöblom 38 Finland FIN
6 p2 r2/4 Fathallah Abdel Rahman 33 Egypt EGY
6 p3 r2/4 Alfred Eriksen 29 Norway NOR
6 p4 r2/4 Vito Simonetti 45 Argentina ARG
6 p6 r2/4 Carl Forssell 30 Sweden SWE
6T p5 r2/4 Pál Dunay 39 Hungary HUN
6T p5 r2/4 Rodolphe Spillmann 52 Switzerland SUI
7 p1 r2/4 Andreas Skotidas Greece GRE
7 p2 r2/4 Roelof Hordijk 31 Netherlands NED
7 p3 r2/4 Antonio Haro 37 Mexico MEX
7 p4 r2/4 Imre Hennyei 35 Hungary HUN
7 p6 r2/4 Roland Asselin 31 Canada CAN
8 p2 r2/4 Carlos Lamar 39 Cuba CUB
5 p1 r1/4 Álvaro Pinto 41 Portugal POR
5 p2 r1/4 Claus Mørch, Sr. 36 Norway NOR
5 p3 r1/4 Emilio Meraz 39 Mexico MEX
5 p4 r1/4 Fortunato de Barros 32 Brazil BRA
5 p5 r1/4 Raoul Henkart 41 Belgium BEL
5 p6 r1/4 Erkki Kerttula 38 Finland FIN
5 p7 r1/4 Carlos Iturri Peru PER
5 p8 r1/4 Emílio Lino 32 Portugal POR
6 p1 r1/4 Enrique Accorsi 31 Chile CHI
6 p2 r1/4 Albert Wolff 42 United States USA
6 p3 r1/4 Georges Pouliot 25 Canada CAN
6 p4 r1/4 Jan Nawrocki 34 Poland POL
6 p5 r1/4 Béla Mikla Hungary HUN
6 p6 r1/4 Henrique Vallim de Aguiar 51 Brazil BRA
7 p1 r1/4 Ilmari Vartia 33 Finland FIN
7 p2 r1/4 Manuel Chagas Portugal POR
7 p3 r1/4 Ignacio Goldstein 24 Chile CHI
7 p4 r1/4 Ioannis Karamazakis Greece GRE
7 p5 r1/4 Rajmund Karwicki 41 Poland POL
7 p6 r1/4 Athanasios Nanopoulos Greece GRE
8 p2 r1/4 Antonio Ahumada Colombia COL
8 p4 r1/4 Francisco Valero 42 Mexico MEX
8 p6 r1/4 Fernand Leischen 28 Luxembourg LUX