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Fencing at the 1972 München Summer Games

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Host City: München, West Germany
Date Started: August 29, 1972
Date Finished: September 9, 1972
Events: 8

Participants: 299 (234 men and 65 women) from 37 countries
Youngest Participant: ISR Yehuda Weisenstein (17 years, 172 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Bill Hoskyns (41 years, 174 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 9 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): HUN Hungary (8 medals)


At the Munich Olympics the fencing contests took place at the two fencing halls ([Fechthalle 1] and [Fechthalle 2]) on the Messegelände complex. The eight gold medals available were shared equally between four nations, Hungary, the USSR, Italy and Poland with Hungary being the most successful in terms of total medals with eight. [Witold Woyda] of Poland and Hungary's [Csaba Fenyvesi] were the individual standout performers with a pair of gold medals apiece.

The massacre of Israeli athletes during the Games affected the world of fencing through the death of coach Andre Spitzer.