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Men's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 22, 1996
Date Finished: July 22, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: ITA Alessandro Puccini
Silver: FRA Lionel Plumenail
Bronze: FRA Franck Boidin


The foil competition in Atlanta was a wild ride. Both the 1993 and 1995 World Champions fell at their first hurdle. [Alexander Koch] of Germany was eliminated by [Ye Chong] of China whilst reigning World Champion [Dmitry Shevchenko] of Russia was the victim of an enormous upset at the hands of the unheralded Korean [Kim Yeong-Ho]. The drama continued in the round of 16 where a bout between reigning Olympic champion [Philippe Omnès] and Cuban [Elvis Gregory] dissolved into acrimony. With the scores level at 14-14 Omnès was alleged to have insulted his opponent. After the Frenchman sealed victory the two men, their teammates and entourages became involved in an altercation that was eventually separated by security personnel. Omnès was eliminated by a teammate in the next round.

The two men who survived the carnage to reach the final were Italy's [Alessandro Puccini], whose successes had mostly been in team competitions, and Frenchman [Lionel Plumenail]. Puccini won by a score of 15-12 to record what would be the only major individual win of his career. France claimed another medal when [Franck Boidin] won the bronze medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Alessandro Puccini 27 Italy ITA Gold
2 Lionel Plumenail 29 France FRA Silver
3 Franck Boidin 23 France FRA Bronze
4 Wolfgang Wienand 24 Germany GER
5 Rolando Tucker 24 Cuba CUB
6 Serhiy Holubytskiy 26 Ukraine UKR
7 Philippe Omnès 35 France FRA
8 Kim Yeong-Ho 25 South Korea KOR
9 Elvis Gregory 25 Cuba CUB
10 Zsolt Érsek 30 Hungary HUN
11 Uwe Römer 27 Germany GER
12 Ye Chong 26 China CHN
13 Javier García 19 Spain ESP
14 Vladislav Pavlovich 25 Russia RUS
15 Ryszard Sobczak 28 Poland POL
16 Piotr Kiełpikowski 33 Poland POL
17 Dmitry Shevchenko 28 Russia RUS
18 Stefano Cerioni 32 Italy ITA
19 Marco Arpino 29 Italy ITA
20 Oscar García 29 Cuba CUB
21 José Francisco Guerra 28 Spain ESP
22 Alexander Koch 27 Germany GER
23 Benny Wendt 33 Austria AUT
24 Márk Marsi 22 Hungary HUN
25 Vyacheslav Grigoryev 29 Kazakhstan KAZ
26 Michael Ludwig 23 Austria AUT
27 Adam Krzesiński 30 Poland POL
28 Wang Haibin 22 China CHN
29 Kim Yong-Guk 29 South Korea KOR
30 Jeong Su-Gi 25 South Korea KOR
31 Oleksiy Bryzhalov 24 Ukraine UKR
32 Leandro Marchetti 21 Argentina ARG
33 Marco Falchetto 22 Austria AUT
34 Cliff Bayer 19 United States USA
35 Ilgar Mamedov 30 Russia RUS
36 Róbert Kiss 29 Hungary HUN
37 Peter Devine 20 United States USA
38 Dong Zhaozhi 22 China CHN
39 Nick Bravin 25 United States USA
40 Carlos Rodríguez 18 Venezuela VEN
41 Hiroki Ichigatani 27 Japan JPN
42T Abdul Muhsen Ali 19 Kuwait KUW
42T Rafael Suárez 24 Venezuela VEN
42T Rafkat Ruziyev 22 Uzbekistan UZB
42T Alfredo Pérez 24 Venezuela VEN