Host City: MÃ¼nchen, West Germany
Venue(s): Fencing Hall 1, Exhibition Lands (Hall 11 & 12), MÃ¼nchen; Fencing Hall 1, Exhibition Lands (Hall 20), MÃ¼nchen
Date Started: September 1, 1972
Date Finished: September 2, 1972
Poland had first won a medal in team foil back at the 1961 World Championships. They were regular visitors to the medal podium for the rest of the decade but a global title had always eluded them.
The competition did not start well for the Poles as they suffered a defeat to the host nation in their first match. Poland recovered to beat Italy and Japan and then won a close fought semi-final victory against the Hungarians. The other semi-final was a meeting of the two most recent World Champion teams which saw the USSR earn the right to face Poland via a 9-6 over France.
Three days earlier [Witold Woyda] had won the individual foil title. In the team final he took that form forward and won all four of his bouts. Woyda was backed up by [Lech Koziejowski] and Poland finally made their championship breakthrough as they saw off the Soviet challenge by 9 bouts to 6.
After a decade of major title frustration Woyda had now won his second Olympic title in three days.