Host City: MontrÃ©al, Canada
Venue(s): University of MontrÃ©al Winter Stadium, MontrÃ©al, QuÃ©bec
Date Started: July 28, 1976
Date Finished: July 29, 1976
Sweden and West Germany had emerged as major players in the world of Ã©pÃ©e in the years since the MÃ¼nchen Olympics with [Rolf Edling] of Sweden winning the World title in 1973 and 1974 and West Germanyâs [Alexander Pusch] matching that feat in 1975. Both men qualified for the medal pool in MontrÃ©al which turned out to be the most evenly matched in Olympic history. Three men, including Pusch, were tied with a record of 3 wins and 2 losses whilst the other three, which included Edling, had 2 wins and 3 losses. Pusch won matches in the tie-breaking barrage to win gold ahead of teammate [Hans-JÃ¼rgen Hehn] and the 1968 champion [GyÅzÅ KulcsÃ¡r] of Hungary. If one ignores the 1906 Intercalated Games, Pusch was the first German male to win an Olympic fencing title.