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Men's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Congress Palace, Roma
Date Started: August 29, 1960
Date Finished: August 30, 1960

Gold: URS Viktor Zhdanovich
Silver: URS Yury Sisikin
Bronze: USA Albie Axelrod


At the Paris Games of 1924 [Charles Delporte] of Belgium emerged victorious at the foil. Since then every men's Olympic title had been claimed by competitors from France, Italy or Hungary. Since the Melbourne Games there had been a subtle swing in the balance of power and by 1959 both the world titles were held by other nations through [Allan Jay] of Great Britain and the USSR team. Jay exited early but the three Soviets moved in the final pool with little difficulty.

The title was won by [Viktor Zhdanovich], a 22 year old from Leningrad, who became the first Soviet to win an Olympic fencing championship. He would win four world titles in team foil during his career but this was the only major individual title that he won.

[Yury Sisikin] ensured a Russian 1-2 but a sweep of the medals was avoided when America's [Albie Axelrod] won a three-man barrage to clinch the bronze medal. Axelrod was the first American to win an individual medal since 1932. [Christian d'Oriola]'s attempt at a hat-trick of gold medals in this event faltered at the final hurdle and he placed last of the eight fencers who competed in the final pool.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Viktor Zhdanovich 22 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Yury Sisikin 23 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Albie Axelrod 39 United States USA Bronze
4 Witold Woyda 21 Poland POL
5 Mark Midler 28 Soviet Union URS
6 Roger Closset 27 France FRA
7 Bill Hoskyns 29 Great Britain GBR
8 Christian d'Oriola 31 France FRA
5 p1 r4/5 Mihály Fülöp 24 Hungary HUN
5 p2 r4/5 Jan Różycki 21 Poland POL
6 p1 r4/5 Ryszard Parulski 22 Poland POL
6 p2 r4/5 Eberhard Mehl 25 Germany GER
4 p1 r3/5 Jenő Kamuti 22 Hungary HUN
4 p2 r3/5 Luigi Carpaneda 34 Italy ITA
4 p3 r3/5 Alberto Pellegrino 30 Italy ITA
4 p4 r3/5 Tănase Mureșanu 20 Romania ROU
5 p1 r3/5 Mario Curletto 24 Italy ITA
5 p2 r3/5 Gene Glazer 20 United States USA
5 p3 r3/5 Tim Gerresheim 21 Germany GER
5T p4 r3/5 Jean-Claude Magnan 19 France FRA
5T p4 r3/5 Allan Jay 29 Great Britain GBR
6 p1r3/5 André Verhalle 36 Belgium BEL
6 p2 r3/5 Jürgen Brecht 20 Germany GER
6 p3 r3/5 Jesús Gruber 24 Venezuela VEN
5 p1 r2/5 Joaquín Moya 28 Spain ESP
5 p2 r2/5 Ralph Cooperman 32 Great Britain GBR
5 p3 r2/5 Joseph Paletta, Jr. 22 United States USA
5 p4 r2/5 Jean Link 21 Luxembourg LUX
5 p5 r2/5 Jean Cerrottini 21 Switzerland SUI
5 p6 r2/5 Attila Csipler 21 Romania ROU
6 p1 r2/5 László Kamuti 20 Hungary HUN
6 p2 r2/5 Ion Drîmbă 18 Romania ROU
6 p3 r2/5 Raúl Cicero 33 Mexico MEX
6 p4 r2/5 Brian McCowage 25 Australia AUS
6 p5 r2/5 Enrique González 26 Spain ESP
6 p6 r2/5 Mitsuyuki Funamizu 26 Japan JPN
4 p1 r1/5 Michel Steininger 25 Switzerland SUI
4 p2 r1/5 Freddy Quintero 22 Venezuela VEN
4 p3 r1/5 Franck Delhem 24 Belgium BEL
4 p4 r1/5 Luis García 26 Venezuela VEN
4 p5 r1/5 Édouard Didier 20 Luxembourg LUX
4 p6 r1/5 Hans Lagerwall 19 Sweden SWE
4 p7 r1/5 Jacques Debeur 23 Belgium BEL
4 p8 r1/5 Heizaburo Okawa 20 Japan JPN
4 p9 r1/5 Robert Schiel 20 Luxembourg LUX
4 p10 r1/5 Jaime Duque 29 Colombia COL
4 p11 r1/5 Manuel Borrego 25 Portugal POR
4 p12 r1/5 Carl Schwende 40 Canada CAN
5 p1 r1/5 Ahmed El-Hamy El-Husseini 21 United Arab Republic UAR
5 p2 r1/5 Moustafa Soheim 23 United Arab Republic UAR
5 p3 r1/5 Boris Stavrev 25 Bulgaria BUL
5 p4 r1/5 Gilbert Orengo 26 Monaco MON
5 p5 r1/5 Asen Dyakovski 27 Bulgaria BUL
5 p6 r1/5 William Fajardo 29 Mexico MEX
5 p7 r1/5 Juan Paladino 35 Uruguay URU
5 p8 r1/5 Orvar Lindwall 19 Sweden SWE
5 p9 r1/5 Norbert Brami 23 Tunisia TUN
5 p10 r1/5 Claudio Polledri 24 Switzerland SUI
5 p11 r1/5 Ivan Lund 31 Australia AUS
5 p12 r1/5 Brian Hamilton 22 Ireland IRL
6 p1 r1/5 Orlando Azinhais 26 Portugal POR
6 p2 r1/5 Michael Sichel 25 Australia AUS
6 p3 r1/5 Leif Klette 32 Norway NOR
6 p4 r1/5 Jesús Díez 29 Spain ESP
6 p5 r1/5 Harry Thuillier 34 Ireland IRL
6 p6 r1/5 Henri Bini 29 Monaco MON
6 p7 r1/5 Brian Pickworth 31 New Zealand NZL
6 p8 r1/5 Charles El-Gressy 31 Morocco MAR
6 p10 r1/5 Abderraouf El-Fassy 20 Morocco MAR
6 p11 r1/5 Mohamed Gamil El-Kalyoubi 23 United Arab Republic UAR
6 p12 r1/5 Emilio Echeverry 31 Colombia COL
7 p2 r1/5 Pedro Marçal 22 Portugal POR
7 p4 r1/5 Göran Abrahamsson 28 Sweden SWE
7 p5 r1/5 Jean Khayat 18 Tunisia TUN
7 p6 r1/5 Raoul Barouch 44 Tunisia TUN
7 p8 r1/5 Trần Văn Xuan 25 South Vietnam VNM
7 p11 r1/5 Kazuhiko Tabuchi 23 Japan JPN
7 p12 r1/5 Mohamed Ben Joullon 34 Morocco MAR