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Men's Foil, Individual

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Palace of Engineering, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 4, 1948

Gold: FRA Jéhan de Buhan
Silver: FRA Christian d'Oriola
Bronze: HUN Lajos Maszlay


French wine merchant [Jéhan de Buhan] lost arguably the best years of his career to the 12-year gap between Olympic Games caused by the Second World War. It seemed that he had been eclipsed by younger talents particularly in the shape of [Christian d'Oriola] who won the 1947 World title as a teenager. De Buhan had also been a World Champion in 1947 but in épée rather than foil and it was for that weapon that he was originally chosen to compete in the London Games. Circumstances within the French team meant that he switched events to foil and he made the most of his opportunity. He lost only once in his 25 bouts and defeated d'Oriola 5-2 in what was to prove the decisive match of the final pool. The bronze medal was decided by a tiebreaker with [Lajos Maszlay] of Hungary edging home favourite [Emrys Lloyd] on the ratio of hits given to those taken.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jéhan de Buhan 36 France FRA Gold
2 Christian d'Oriola 19 France FRA Silver
3 Lajos Maszlay 44 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Emrys Lloyd 42 Great Britain GBR
5 René Bougnol 37 France FRA
6 Manlio Di Rosa 33 Italy ITA
7 Paul Valcke 34 Belgium BEL
8 Ivan Ruben 30 Denmark DEN
5 p1 r3/4 Renzo Nostini 34 Italy ITA
5 p2 r3/4 Dean Cetrulo 29 United States USA
6 p1 r3/4 Henri Paternóster 40 Belgium BEL
6 p2 r3/4 Giuliano Nostini 35 Italy ITA
7 p1 r3/4 Osman Abdel Hafeez 31 Egypt EGY
7 p2 r3/4 Félix Galimi 27 Argentina ARG
8 p1 r3/4 Silvio Giolito 29 United States USA
8 p2 r3/4 Bo Eriksson 26 Sweden SWE
5 p1 r2/4 André Van De Werve De Vorsselaer 40 Belgium BEL
5 p2 r2/4 Aage Leidersdorff 38 Denmark DEN
5 p3 r2/4 René Paul 27 Great Britain GBR
5 p4 r2/4 Sergio Iesi 36 Uruguay URU
6 p1 r2/4 Hassan Tawfik 36 Egypt EGY
6 p2 r2/4 Arthur Smith Great Britain GBR
6 p3 r2/4 Henny ter Weer 25 Netherlands NED
6 p4 r2/4 Manuel Torrente 40 Argentina ARG
7 p1 r2/4 Endre Palócz 37 Hungary HUN
7 p2 r2/4 Fulvio Galimi 21 Argentina ARG
7 p3 r2/4 Conrad Schlaepfer Switzerland SUI
7 p4 r2/4 Mahmoud Younes 33 Egypt EGY
8 p1 r2/4 Daniel Rossi 27 Uruguay URU
8 p2 r2/4 Walo Hörning 37 Switzerland SUI
8 p3 r2/4 Ferdinando Alessandri 44 Brazil BRA
8 p4 r2/4 Nils Rydström 26 Sweden SWE
5 p1 r1/4 Émile Gretsch 39 Luxembourg LUX
5 p2 r1/4 Armando Barrientos 42 Cuba CUB
5 p3 r1/4 Ole Albrechtsen 23 Denmark DEN
5 p4 r1/4 Léon Buck 32 Luxembourg LUX
5 p5 r1/4 Nate Lubell 31 United States USA
5 p6 r1/4 Kauko Jalkanen 29 Finland FIN
5 p7 r1/4 Gust Lamesch 37 Luxembourg LUX
5 p8 r1/4 József Hátszeghy 44 Hungary HUN
6 p1 r1/4 Lucilo de la Peña 27 Cuba CUB
6 p2 r1/4 Ioannis Karamazakis Greece GRE
6 p3 r1/4 Heikki Raitio 23 Finland FIN
6 p4 r1/4 Konstantinos Bembis Greece GRE
6 p5 r1/4 Johannes Zoet 39 Netherlands NED
6 p6 r1/4 Emiliano Camargo 31 Colombia COL
6 p8 r1/4 Stefanos Zintzos Greece GRE
6T p7 r1/4 Nihat Balkan Turkey TUR
6T p7 r1/4 Alfredo Grisi 47 Mexico MEX
7 p1 r1/4 Hugo Higueras Peru PER
7 p2 r1/4 Jaime Ucar 32 Uruguay URU
7 p3 r1/4 Enrique Accorsi 31 Chile CHI
7 p4 r1/4 Nick Thuillier Ireland IRL
7 p5 r1/4 Jorge Agostini 38 Cuba CUB
7 p8 r1/4 Alf Horn 35 Canada CAN
7T p6 r1/4 Jean Rubli 37 Switzerland SUI
7T p6 r1/4 Eddy Kuijpers 33 Netherlands NED
8 p2 r1/4 Georges Pouliot 25 Canada CAN
8 p4 r1/4 Roland Asselin 31 Canada CAN
8 p5 r1/4 Owen Tuohy Ireland IRL
8 p8 r1/4 Nejat Tolgar Turkey TUR
8T p1 r1/4 Salvatore Scianamea 29 Brazil BRA
8T p1 r1/4 Tom Smith Ireland IRL