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Men's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): University of Montréal Winter Stadium, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 20, 1976
Date Finished: July 21, 1976

Gold: ITA Fabio Dal Zotto
Silver: URS Aleksandr Romankov
Bronze: FRA Bernard Talvard


[Fabio Dal Zotto] celebrated his 19th birthday on the opening day of the 1976 Olympics. A bronze medallist at the World Youth Championships earlier in 1976, he was included in the Italian team only to gain experience for future Olympics. Things did not start well for him as he came within a single hit of elimination in the first phase of the competition but from then on his form improved and he moved into the final stage by placing second in the semi-final. Dal Zotto won four of his five bouts in the final pool which tied him with former World Champion [Aleksandr Romankov] of the USSR. Much to everyone surprise the Italian then proceeded to defeat his Russian opponent with little difficulty and claim the Olympic title. France’s [Bernard Talvard] was the bronze medallist.

Dal Zotto appeared on the brink of a glittering career but this was to be his only major championship title. He was a regular member of Italian medal winning teams until a dispute with a teammate at a training camp led to him withdrawing from consideration for the Moskva Olympics. Recalled for the 1981 World Championships he was expelled from the team for breaches of discipline.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Fabio Dal Zotto 19 Italy ITA Gold
2 Aleksandr Romankov 22 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Bernard Talvard 28 France FRA Bronze
4 Vasyl Stankovych 30 Soviet Union URS
5 Frédéric Pietruszka 22 France FRA
6 Greg Benko 23 Australia AUS
7T Vladimir Denisov 29 Soviet Union URS
7T Christian Noël 31 France FRA
9T József Komatits 25 Hungary HUN
9T Petru Kuki 21 Romania ROU
9T Harald Hein 26 West Germany FRG
9T Marek Dąbrowski 26 Poland POL
13T Matthias Behr 21 West Germany FRG
13T Klaus Haertter 23 East Germany GDR
13T Klaus Reichert 29 West Germany FRG
13T Ed Donofrio 24 United States USA
17T Enrique Salvat 26 Cuba CUB
17T Ed Ballinger 24 United States USA
19 František Koukal 27 Czechoslovakia TCH
20 Graham Paul 29 Great Britain GBR
21 Lech Koziejowski 27 Poland POL
22 Jorge Garbey 23 Cuba CUB
23 Rob Bruniges 19 Great Britain GBR
24 Ziemek Wojciechowski 27 Poland POL
25 Mihai Țiu 30 Romania ROU
26 Carlo Montano 23 Italy ITA
27 Jaroslav Jurka 27 Czechoslovakia TCH
28 Patrice Gaille 20 Switzerland SUI
29 Masanori Kawatsu 28 Japan JPN
30 Noriyuki Sato 22 Japan JPN
31 Barry Paul 28 Great Britain GBR
32 Lajos Somodi, Jr. 22 Hungary HUN
33 Hossein Niknam 25 Iran IRI
34 Eduardo Jhons 25 Cuba CUB
35 Marty Lang 27 United States USA
36 Toshio Jingo 28 Japan JPN
37 Stefano Simoncelli 29 Italy ITA
38T Ahmed Akbari 29 Iran IRI
38T Ali Asghar Pashapour-Alamdari 24 Iran IRI
40 Jenő Kamuti 38 Hungary HUN
41 Michel Dessureault 19 Canada CAN
42 Ernest Simon 23 Australia AUS
43 José Samalot 29 Puerto Rico PUR
44 Fernando Lúpiz 23 Argentina ARG
45 Tudor Petruș 26 Romania ROU
46 Thierry Soumagne 22 Belgium BEL
47 Lehel Fekete 19 Canada CAN
48 Edward Ng 31 Hong Kong HKG
49 Roger Kam 26 Hong Kong HKG
50 Matthew Chan 28 Hong Kong HKG
51 Omar Vergara 33 Argentina ARG
52T Daniel Feraud 22 Argentina ARG
52T Göran Malkar 22 Sweden SWE
54 Jamal Ameen Kuwait KUW
55 Abdul Nasser Al-Sayegh 17 Kuwait KUW
56 Ahmed Al-Arbeed Kuwait KUW