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Men's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Fernando Montes de Oca Fencing Hall, Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 15, 1968
Date Finished: October 16, 1968

Gold: ROU Ion Drîmbă
Silver: HUN Jenő Kamuti
Bronze: FRA Daniel Revenu


The Soviet Union had provided the last two World Champions in [Viktor Putiatin]and [German Sveshnikov] so it came as a surprise that none of their fencers qualified for the final six man pool to decide the medal positions. In contrast France, led by former World Champion [Jean-Claude Magnan], qualified their entire team for the final stages and were joined by two Romanians and a Hungarian. One of the Romanians was [Ion Drîmbă], a member of the reigning World Champion team but someone who had never won an individual World or Olympic medal despite a decade of trying. Drîmbă lost one of his five matches in the final pool but it was still enough to claim an outright win.

The only other two fencers with a winning record, [Jenő Kamuti] of Hungary and 1964 bronze medallist [Daniel Revenu] of France, fought off for silver with the Hungarian emerging triumphant.

The champion won a bronze medal with the Romanian team at the 1969 World Championships but then defected to the West. He lived in Germany and the USA before settling permanently in Brazil.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ion Drîmbă 26 Romania ROU Gold
2 Jenő Kamuti 31 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Daniel Revenu 25 France FRA Bronze
4 Christian Noël 23 France FRA
5 Jean-Claude Magnan 27 France FRA
6 Mihai Țiu 22 Romania ROU
7T Tănase Mureșanu 28 Romania ROU
7T German Sveshnikov 31 Soviet Union URS
9T Witold Woyda 29 Poland POL
9T Vasyl Stankovych 22 Soviet Union URS
9T Heizaburo Okawa 28 Japan JPN
9T Viktor Putiatin 27 Soviet Union URS
13T Arcangelo Pinelli 24 Italy ITA
13T Graham Paul 21 Great Britain GBR
13T Sándor Szabó 27 Hungary HUN
13T Ryszard Parulski 30 Poland POL
17T Bill Hoskyns 37 Great Britain GBR
17T Tim Gerresheim 29 West Germany FRG
17T Friedrich Wessel 23 West Germany FRG
17T Russell Hobby 35 Australia AUS
17T Adam Lisewski 24 Poland POL
17T Pasquale La Ragione 24 Italy ITA
17T Roland Losert 23 Austria AUT
17T Dieter Wellmann 25 West Germany FRG
25T Udo Birnbaum 31 Austria AUT
25T Kazuo Mano 28 Japan JPN
25T Héctor Abaunza 30 Mexico MEX
25T Fujio Shimizu 28 Japan JPN
25T Rudolf Trost 28 Austria AUT
25T Guillermo Saucedo 27 Argentina ARG
25T Nicola Granieri 26 Italy ITA
25T Mike Breckin 22 Great Britain GBR
5 p1 r2/4 Dagoberto Borges 28 Cuba CUB
5 p2 r2/4 Larry Anastasi 34 United States USA
5 p3 r2/4 Michel Constandt 29 Belgium BEL
5 p4 r2/4 Jesús Gil 17 Cuba CUB
5 p5 r2/4 Ahmed El-Hamy El-Husseini 29 Egypt EGY
5 p6 r2/4 László Kamuti 28 Hungary HUN
5 p7 r2/4 Jeffrey Checkes 25 United States USA
5 p8 r2/4 Herb Cohen 28 United States USA
6 p1 r2/4 Mohamed Gamil El-Kalyoubi 31 Egypt EGY
6 p2 r2/4 Graeme Jennings 22 Australia AUS
6 p3 r2/4 Orlando Ruíz 33 Cuba CUB
6 p4 r2/4 Moustafa Soheim 31 Egypt EGY
6 p5 r2/4 Carlos Calderón 21 Mexico MEX
6 p6 r2/4 Gerry Wiedel 35 Canada CAN
6 p7 r2/4 Florent Bessemans 28 Belgium BEL
6 p8 r2/4 Román Gómez 21 Mexico MEX
5 p1 r1/4 Evaristo Prendes 34 Argentina ARG
5 p2 r1/4 Michael Ryan 25 Ireland IRL
5 p3 r1/4 Alberto Varela 27 Uruguay URU
5 p4 r1/4 Enrique Barúa 18 Peru PER
5 p5 r1/4 Freddy Salazar 19 Venezuela VEN
5 p6 r1/4 John Bouchier-Hayes 23 Ireland IRL
5 p7 r1/4 Fionbarr Farrell 23 Ireland IRL
5 p8 r1/4 Souheil Ayoub 32 Lebanon LIB
5 p9 r1/4 Bill Ronald 19 Australia AUS
5 p10 r1/4 Magdy Conyd 29 Canada CAN
5 p11 r1/4 Peter Bakonyi 35 Canada CAN
5 p12 r1/4 Silvio Fernández 22 Venezuela VEN
6 p3 r1/4 José Miguel Pérez 30 Puerto Rico PUR
6 p4 r1/4 Orlando Nannini 38 Argentina ARG
6 p6 r1/4 Félix Piñero 22 Venezuela VEN
6 p8 r1/4 Rodolfo da Ponte 29 Paraguay PAR