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Men's Sabre, Individual

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Fencing Hall 1, Exhibition Lands (Hall 11 & 12), München; Fencing Hall 1, Exhibition Lands (Hall 20), München
Date Started: August 30, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972

Gold: URS Viktor Sidyak
Silver: HUN Péter Marót
Bronze: URS Vladimir Nazlymov


The stranglehold that Hungary held over the sabre had finally been broken in 1968 in Mexico City with the victory of [Jerzy Pawłowski] of Poland. Pawłowski returned to defend his title but by 1972 he was slightly past his prime and was eliminated at the semi-final stage in Munich.

The winner was the 1970 World Champion, [Viktor Sidyak] of Russia. Sidyak lost only once, to compatriot and eventual bronze medallist [Vladimir Nazlymov], in the final stage of the event and his four wins were unmatched by any of his rivals.

The silver and bronze medals were decided by tiny margins. One extra hit from fourth place finisher [Michele Maffei] might well have elevated him to the silver medal position. Instead he missed out as Hungary's [Péter Marót] and Nazlymov completed the medal podium.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Viktor Sidyak 28 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Péter Marót 27 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Vladimir Nazlymov 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Michele Maffei 25 Italy ITA
5 Régis Bonnissent 24 France FRA
6 Tamás Kovács 29 Hungary HUN
4 p1 r4/5 Jerzy Pawłowski 39 Poland POL
4 p2 r4/5 Paul Apostol 26 United States USA
5 p1 r4/5 Iosif Budahazi 25 Romania ROU
5 p2 r4/5 Paul Wischeidt 28 West Germany FRG
6 p1 r4/5 Bernard Vallée 26 France FRA
6 p2 r4/5 Boris Stavrev 37 Bulgaria BUL
4 p1 r3/5 Mario Aldo Montano 24 Italy ITA
4 p2 r3/5 Manuel Ortíz 24 Cuba CUB
4 p3 r3/5 Józef Nowara 27 Poland POL
4 p4 r3/5 Dan Irimiciuc 23 Romania ROU
5 p1 r3/5 Alfonso Morales 35 United States USA
5 p2 r3/5 Rolando Rigoli 31 Italy ITA
5 p3 r3/5 Alex Orban 33 United States USA
5 p4 r3/5 Tibor Pézsa 36 Hungary HUN
6 p1 r3/5 Walter Convents 23 West Germany FRG
6 p2 r3/5 Knut Höhne 22 West Germany FRG
6 p3 r3/5 Philippe Bena 20 France FRA
6 p4 r3/5 Janusz Majewski 32 Poland POL
5 p1 r2/5 Stoyko Lipchev 26 Bulgaria BUL
5 p2 r2/5 Guzman Salazar 20 Cuba CUB
5 p3 r2/5 Richard Oldcorn 34 Great Britain GBR
5 p4 r2/5 Hans Brandstätter 23 Austria AUT
5 p5 r2/5 Eddy Ham 22 Netherlands NED
5 p6 r2/5 John Deanfield 20 Great Britain GBR
6 p1 r2/5 Francisco de la Torre 20 Cuba CUB
6 p2 r2/5 Anani Mikhaylov 24 Bulgaria BUL
6 p3 r2/5 Fritz Prause 23 Austria AUT
6 p4 r2/5 Sandor Gombay 33 Switzerland SUI
6 p5 r2/5 Roberto Alva 20 Mexico MEX
6 p6 r2/5 Constantin Nicolae 33 Romania ROU
5 p1 r1/5 Bernd Brodar 25 Austria AUT
5 p2 r1/5 Mark Rakita 34 Soviet Union URS
5 p3 r1/5 Vicente Calderón 23 Mexico MEX
5 p4 r1/5 Guillermo Saucedo 31 Argentina ARG
5 p5 r1/5 Fernando Lúpiz 19 Argentina ARG
5 p6 r1/5 Janos Mohoss 36 Switzerland SUI
5 p7 r1/5 Enrique Barúa 22 Peru PER
5 p8 r1/5 Ioannis Khatzisarantos 24 Greece GRE
5 p9 r1/5 Mehmet Akpınar 32 Turkey TUR
6 p1 r1/5 Matthew Chan 25 Hong Kong HKG
6 p2 r1/5 Robert Elliott 22 Hong Kong HKG
6 p3 r1/5 Fawzi Merhi 22 Lebanon LIB
6 p4 r1/5 Yves Daniel Darricau 19 Lebanon LIB
6 p5 r1/5 Richard Cohen 25 Great Britain GBR
6 p7 r1/5 Bob Foxcroft 38 Canada CAN
6 p8 r1/5 Hermilo Leal 20 Mexico MEX
6 p9 r1/5 Istvan Kulcsar 35 Switzerland SUI