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Fencing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Foil, Team

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Westend Tennis Hall, Espoo
Date Started: July 21, 1952
Date Finished: July 22, 1952

Gold: FRA France
Silver: ITA Italy
Bronze: HUN Hungary


The age old rivalry between the French and Italian teams had continued since the 1948 Olympic Games. Italy had won world titles in 1949 and 1950 but the most recent World Championships had fallen to the French and they were considered marginal favourites.

Both teams were utterly ruthless against all other of their opponents so it became apparent that once more Italy-France would effectively be the gold medal decider.

[Christian d'Oriola], who would later go on to win the individual title, proved the decisive factor as the French won by 8-6. Four of the French team had also won this title in 1948.

Hungary’s bronze medal team included the three medalists from the men’s sabre.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 France FRA Gold
2 Italy ITA Silver
3 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Egypt EGY
5T Argentina ARG
5T Belgium BEL
3 p1 r2/4 Sweden SWE
3 p2 r2/4 Great Britain GBR
3 p3 r2/4 United States USA
4 p3 r2/4 Germany GER
3 p1 r1/4 Saar SAA
3 p2 r1/4 Soviet Union URS
3 p3 r1/4 Venezuela VEN
3 p4 r1/4 Australia AUS
3 p5 r1/4 Romania ROU