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Fencing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Épée, Individual

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Town Hall, St. Kilda, Victoria
Date Started: November 30, 1956
Date Finished: November 30, 1956

Gold: ITA Carlo Pavesi
Silver: ITA Giuseppe Delfino
Bronze: ITA Edoardo Mangiarotti


At the two most recent World Championships Italian fencers swept the podium. So strong were the Italians at the discipline that the gold and silver medallists from the 1955 World Championships only contested the team event in Melbourne. In hindsight the medals were decided when the Italians announced their entrants for this event.

Oddly enough the Italians did not overly impress during the preliminary rounds but only came to the fore during the final pool. All three Italians ended with 5-2 records although [Giuseppe Delfino] had an opportunity to win outright which was frustrated on the deciding hit by American [Richard Pew].

The first barrage was inconclusive with each man winning and losing one bout apiece but at the second attempt [Carlo Pavesi] defeated both [Giuseppe Delfino] and [Edoardo Mangiarotti] to claim the Olympic title. Delfino then beat reigning champion Mangiarotti for the silver medal. All three men would return as part of the victorious Italian team in Rome with also adding the individual gold. Mangiarotti’s 3 medals in Melbourne gave him 11 total, 2nd only to Paavo Nurmi at the time. In Rome his 2 medals would take him to a total of 13 would make him #1 on the all-time Olympic medal list to that point – though it was surpassed in 1964 by [Larysa Latynina].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Carlo Pavesi 33 Italy ITA Gold
2 Giuseppe Delfino 35 Italy ITA Silver
3 Edoardo Mangiarotti 37 Italy ITA Bronze
4T Dick Pew 23 United States USA
4T Lajos Balthazár 35 Hungary HUN
6 René Queyroux 28 France FRA
7 Per Carleson 39 Sweden SWE
8 Rolf Wiik 27 Finland FIN
5 p1 r3/4 Ghislain Delaunois 32 Belgium BEL
5 p2 r3/4 Armand Mouyal 31 France FRA
6 p1 r3/4 Carl Forssell 39 Sweden SWE
6 p2 r3/4 Émile Gretsch 48 Luxembourg LUX
7 p1 r3/4 Skip Shurtz 23 United States USA
7 p2 r3/4 Berndt-Otto Rehbinder 38 Sweden SWE
8 p1 r3/4 Edy Schmit 25 Luxembourg LUX
8 p2 r3/4 József Sákovics 29 Hungary HUN
5 p1 r2/4 Béla Rerrich 38 Hungary HUN
5 p2 r2/4 Arnold Chernushevich 23 Soviet Union URS
5 p3 r2/4 Günter Stratmann 25 Germany GER
5 p4 r2/4 Daniel Dagallier 30 France FRA
6 p1 r2/4 Bill Hoskyns 25 Great Britain GBR
6 p2 r2/4 Kin Hoitsma 22 United States USA
6 p3 r2/4 Allan Jay 25 Great Britain GBR
6 p4 r2/4 Ivan Lund 27 Australia AUS
7 p1 r2/4 Jacques Debeur 19 Belgium BEL
7 p2 r2/4 Roger Achten 28 Belgium BEL
7 p3 r2/4 Richard Stone 30 Australia AUS
7 p4 r2/4 Michael Howard 27 Great Britain GBR
5 p1 r1/4 Roland Asselin 39 Canada CAN
5 p2 r1/4 Revaz Tsirek'idze 22 Soviet Union URS
5 p3 r1/4 Emilio Echeverry 27 Colombia COL
5 p4 r1/4 Juozas Ūdras 31 Soviet Union URS
6 p1 r1/4 Wäinö Korhonen 29 Finland FIN
6 p2 r1/4 Siha Sukarno Indonesia INA
6 p3 r1/4 Fernand Leischen 37 Luxembourg LUX
6 p4 r1/4 Laurence Harding-Smith Australia AUS
7 p1 r1/4 Alfredo Yanguas Colombia COL
7 p2 r1/4 Emiliano Camargo 39 Colombia COL
7 p3 r1/4 Santiago Massini 42 Argentina ARG
7 p4 r1/4 Luis Jiménez Mexico MEX
8 p2 r1/4 Masayuki Sano 37 Japan JPN