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Fencing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Women's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Westend Tennis Hall, Espoo
Date Started: July 26, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 1952

Gold: ITA Irene Camber-Corno
Silver: HUN Ilona Elek-Schacherer
Bronze: DEN Karen Lachmann


World and Olympic champion [Ilona Elek-Schacherer] cruised through the early stages by winning all 15 of her bouts and appeared pretty much invincible. However she lost twice in a final pool stage that proved so close that six of the ten finalists were involved in barrages to decide the medal winners. Elek-Schacherer’s record was still good enough to place her in the gold medal match against the lightly regarded outsider [Irene Camber-Corno] of Italy. It came as a major shock that the Italian defeated the veteran Hungarian to clinch the Olympic title on a 4-3 score line. The four woman tie-break for the bronze medal was won by [Karen Lachmann] of Denmark.

Camber-Corno won the 1953 World Championship but was unable to defend her Olympic title in Melbourne due to pregnancy. She returned in 1960 to add a team bronze medal to her gold and also competed in Tokyo.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Irene Camber-Corno 26 Italy ITA Gold
2 Ilona Elek-Schacherer 45 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Karen Lachmann 36 Denmark DEN Bronze
4 Jan York-Romary 24 United States USA
5 Maxine Mitchell 34 United States USA
6 Renée Garilhe 29 France FRA
7 Lylian Malherbaud-Lecomte-Guyonneau France FRA
8 Magda Nyári-Kovács 31 Hungary HUN
5 p1 r3/4 Silvia Strukel 36 Italy ITA
5 p2 r3/4 Mary Glen-Haig 34 Great Britain GBR
6 p1 r3/4 Ellen Müller-Preis 40 Austria AUT
6 p2 r3/4 Lilo Allgayer 36 Germany GER
7 p1 r3/4 Polly Craus 29 United States USA
7 p2 r3/4 Fritzi Wenisch-Filz 44 Austria AUT
8 p1 r3/4 Grete Kunz 44 Austria AUT
8 p2 r3/4 Appolinariya Plekhanova Soviet Union URS
5 p1 r2/4 Nadezhda Shitikova 28 Soviet Union URS
5 p2 r2/4 Odette Drand 25 France FRA
5 p3 r2/4 Margit Elek 41 Hungary HUN
5 p4 r2/4 Irena Nawrocka 34 Poland POL
6 p1 r2/4 Gillian Sheen 23 Great Britain GBR
6 p2 r2/4 Patricia Buller 23 Great Britain GBR
6 p3 r2/4 Anna Ponomaryova 32 Soviet Union URS
6 p4 r2/4 Elsa Irigoyen 33 Argentina ARG
5 p1 r1/4 Velleda Cesari 32 Italy ITA
5 p2 r1/4 Maggie Kalka 39 Finland FIN
5 p3 r1/4 Ulla Barding-Poulsen 40 Denmark DEN
5 p4 r1/4 Hedwig Rieder 32 Switzerland SUI
5 p5 r1/4 Catherine Pym 30 Australia AUS
5T p6 r1/4 Marianne Sjöblom 18 Finland FIN
5T p6 r1/4 Gerda Muller 15 Venezuela VEN
6 p1 r1/4 Maria Sołtan 31 Poland POL
6 p2 r1/4 Ursula Selle 19 Venezuela VEN
6 p3 r1/4 Patricia Norford 20 Australia AUS
6 p4 r1/4 Kate Mahaut 44 Denmark DEN
6 p5 r1/4 Taimi Mattsson 39 Finland FIN
7 p2 r1/4 Wanda Włodarczyk 26 Poland POL