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Fencing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Sabre, Team

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Town Hall, St. Kilda, Victoria
Date Started: December 3, 1956
Date Finished: December 3, 1956

Gold: HUN Hungary
Silver: POL Poland
Bronze: URS Soviet Union


Hungary's Olympic championship streak which had ran since 1928 came briefly under threat from a greatly improved USSR team. In a politically charged match set against the backdrop of the crushing of the Hungarian Uprising by Soviet troops, the Soviet team only narrowly lost to the Hungarians by a 9-7 margin. Hungary's other matches were more straightforward victories and guaranteed their sixth successive gold medal in the event. Poland took silver after a 9-7 win over the USSR who had to settle for a bronze, the nation's first ever in fencing, after a narrow victory over France.

The victorious Hungarian team broke up immediately after the Games ended. [Aladár Gerevich], [Rudolf Kárpáti] and [Pál Kovács] returned to Hungary, continued their fencing careers and all three returned for one final, victorious, appearance at the Rome Olympics. [Attila Keresztes], [Jenő Hámori] and [Dániel Magay] all fled to the United States and eventually settled there and took up US citizenship. Keresztes and Hámori would return to Olympic competition under the American flag in 1964 at Tokyo.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Poland POL Silver
3 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 France FRA
5T Italy ITA
5T United States USA
7T Great Britain GBR
7T Australia AUS