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Fencing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Sabre, Individual

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Exhibit Hall, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Long Beach, California; Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Long Beach, California
Date Started: August 3, 1984
Date Finished: August 4, 1984

Gold: FRA Jean-François Lamour
Silver: ITA Marco Marin
Bronze: USA Peter Westbrook


The Etropolski twins from Bulgaria, who had won gold and bronze at the 1983 World Championships were victims of the Communist boycott in 1984, as were strong medal contenders from the USSR, Hungary and Poland. In 1980 [Jean-François Lamour] was the only French fencer to fail to win a medal. Four years later in Los Angeles the by then seven-time French national champion made amends by clinching the Olympic title in spectacular fashion. Never previously better than fifth in a global championship, Lamour achieved the rare feat of winning every single bout on his way to the gold medal. The Frenchman was barely challenged until the final but had to dig deep to clinch the title with a sudden death hit over [Marco Marin] of Italy. There was also a rare medal for the USA when Peter Westbrook won the bronze medal match

Lamour defended his title in Seoul and then won a further medal, a bronze, at the 1992 Olympics before leaving the sport for a career in politics. He served as France’s Minister for Sport between 2002 and 2007.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jean-François Lamour 28 France FRA Gold
2 Marco Marin 21 Italy ITA Silver
3 Peter Westbrook 32 United States USA Bronze
4 Hervé Granger-Veyron 26 France FRA
5 Pierre Guichot 21 France FRA
6 Marin Mustață 30 Romania ROU
7 Giovanni Scalzo 25 Italy ITA
8 Ioan Pop 29 Romania ROU
9 Gianfranco Dalla Barba 27 Italy ITA
10 Freddy Scholz 22 West Germany FRG
11 Zisis Babanasis 19 Greece GRE
12 Steve Mormando 28 United States USA
13 Cornel Marin 31 Romania ROU
14 Chen Jinchu 26 China CHN
15 Jürgen Nolte 24 West Germany FRG
16 Wang Ruiji 27 China CHN
17 Mike Lofton 20 United States USA
18 Mark Slade 25 Great Britain GBR
19 Jean-Paul Banos 23 Canada CAN
20 Hans Brandstätter 35 Austria AUT
21 Richard Cohen 37 Great Britain GBR
22 Jörg Stratmann 30 West Germany FRG
23 John Zarno 33 Great Britain GBR
24 Ildemaro Sánchez 30 Venezuela VEN
25 Atilio Tass 27 Argentina ARG
26 Liu Guozhen 27 China CHN
27T Jean-Marie Banos 22 Canada CAN
27T Claude Marcil 21 Canada CAN
27T Antonio García 20 Spain ESP
30 Olivier Martini 19 Monaco MON
31 João Marquilhas 25 Portugal POR
32 James Kreglo 27 United States Virgin Islands ISV
33 José María Casanova 29 Argentina ARG