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Fencing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women'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 19, 1968
Date Finished: October 20, 1968

Gold: URS Yelena Novikova-Belova
Silver: MEX Pilar Roldán
Bronze: HUN Ildikó Rejtő-Ujlaky-Sági


Since [Ildikó Rejtő-Ujlaky] won the Olympic title in Tokyo, the women's foil had been claimed by the USSR as their own event and three different Soviet fencers had claimed the World Championship title since 1965. The winner in Mexico was also a Soviet but not one of the trio of World Champions.

[Yelena Novikova] was, at 21 years of age, a new name on the world stage and made the most of her Olympic debut as she lost only 2 of her 17 bouts to claim the Olympic title. She would compete in a further three Olympic Games, winning 2 gold medals and a silver in the team event, but never again won an individual medal.

The most popular fencing medal, in the view of the home crowd, came from the host nation's [Pilar Roldán]. The 1959 Pan-American Games champion had retired to raise a family but, buoyed by the prospect of an Olympic Games on home soil, returned to edge out the 1964 champion Ildikó Rejtő-Ujlaky to win the silver medal. This was Mexico's first ever medal in the sport.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yelena Novikova-Belova 21 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Pilar Roldán 28 Mexico MEX Silver
3 Ildikó Rejtő-Ujlaky-Sági 31 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Brigitte Gapais-Dumont 24 France FRA
5 Kerstin Palm 22 Sweden SWE
6 Galina Gorokhova 30 Soviet Union URS
7T Heidi Schmid 29 West Germany FRG
7T Giovanna Masciotta 26 Italy ITA
9T Marie-Chantal Depetris-Demaille 26 France FRA
9T Cathérine Rousselet-Ceretti 25 France FRA
9T Ecaterina Stahl-Iencic 22 Romania ROU
9T Olga Orban-Szabo 30 Romania ROU
13T Ileana Gyulai-Drîmbă-Jenei 22 Romania ROU
13T Antonella Ragno-Lonzi 28 Italy ITA
13T Lídia Dömölky-Sákovics 32 Hungary HUN
13T Bruna Colombetti-Peroncini 32 Italy ITA
5 p1 r2/4 Jan York-Romary 41 United States USA
5 p2 r2/4 Harriet King 33 United States USA
5 p3 r2/4 Sigrid Chatel 28 Canada CAN
5 p4 r2/4 Janet Bewley-Cathie-Wardell-Yerburgh 28 Great Britain GBR
6 p1 r2/4 Aleksandra Zabelina 31 Soviet Union URS
6 p2 r2/4 Helga Volz-Mees 31 West Germany FRG
6 p3 r2/4 Monika Pulch 19 West Germany FRG
6 p4 r2/4 Milady Tack-Fang 19 Cuba CUB
5 p1 r1/4 Elżbieta Franke-Cymerman 28 Poland POL
5 p2 r1/4 Kamilla Składanowska 20 Poland POL
5 p3 r1/4 Ildikó Farkasinszky-Bóbis 23 Hungary HUN
5 p4 r1/4 Sue Green 18 Great Britain GBR
5 p5 r1/4 Colette Flesch 31 Luxembourg LUX
5 p6 r1/4 Margarita Rodríguez 21 Cuba CUB
6 p1 r1/4 Margaret Bain 24 Great Britain GBR
6 p2 r1/4 Ivonne Witteveen 24 Netherlands Antilles AHO
6 p3 r1/4 Lourdes Roldán 24 Mexico MEX
6 p4 r1/4 Rosa del Moral 32 Mexico MEX
6 p5 r1/4 Myrna Anselma 32 Netherlands Antilles AHO
6 p6 r1/4 Halina Balon 20 Poland POL
7 p5 r1/4 Sylvia Iannuzzi-San Martín 21 Argentina ARG
7 p6 r1/4 Veronica Smith 26 United States USA