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Fencing at the 1924 Summer Olympics

At the 1924 Summer Olympics, seven fencing events were contested. A women's event, the individual foil, was held for the first time.

After the Olympic Games, an Italian and a Hungarian settled a scoring controversy with a real duel.[1] Aldolfo Contronei, either a 45-year old fencing critic for an Italian newspaper [2] or the captain of the Italian foil team [3] depending on sources, fought Giorgio Santelli, the 27-year old son of Italo Santelli who coached the Hungarian Olympic team. Giorgio Santelli had invoked the Code Duello in order to fight in the place of his 60-year old father. The duel was fought in the town of Abbazia near the Hungarian border with heavy sabers. The duel was terminated after only two minutes of combat time when Santelli must have landed a tierce of quarte in the side of Contronei's forehead.

A further duel resulted when Gyorgy Kovacs, a Hungarian judge at the Games also involved in the causes of the earlier duel, fought one of the Italian team, Oreste Puliti, four months after the Games over allegations made by Kovacs and other judges.[4]

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's épée
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22x20px Charles Delporte (BEL) 22x20px Roger Ducret (FRA) 22x20px Nils Hellsten (SWE)
Men's team épée
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France France (FRA)
Lucien Gaudin
Georges Buchard
Roger Ducret
André Labatut
Lionel Liottel
Alexandre Lippmann
Georges Tainturier
Belgium Belgium (BEL)
Paul Anspach
Joseph De Craecker
Charles Delporte
Orphile Fernand De Montigny
Ernest Gevers
Léon Tom
Italy Italy (ITA)
Giulio Basletta
Marcello Bertinetti
Giovanni Canova
Vincenzo Cuccia
Virgilio Mantegazza
Oreste Moricca
Men's foil
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22x20px Roger Ducret (FRA) 22x20px Philippe Cattiau (FRA) 22x20px Maurice E. Van Damme (BEL)
Men's team foil
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France France (FRA)
Lucien Gaudin
Philippe Cattiau
Jacques Coutrot
Roger Ducret
Henri Jobier
André Labattut
Guy de Luget
Joseph Peroteaux
Belgium Belgium (BEL)
Désiré Beurain
Charles Crahay
Orphile Fernand De Montigny
Maurice E. Van Damme
Marcel L. Berre
Albert De Roocker
Hungary Hungary (HUN)
László Berti
Sándor Pósta
Zoltán Schenker
Ödön Tersztyanszky
István Lichteneckert
Men's sabre
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22x20px Sándor Pósta (HUN) 22x20px Roger Ducret (FRA) 22x20px János Garay (HUN)
Men's team sabre
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Italy Italy (ITA)
Renato Anselmi
Guido Balzarini
Marcello Bertinetti
Bino Bini
Vincenzo Cuccia
Oreste Moricca
Oreste Puliti
Giulio Sarrocchi
Hungary Hungary (HUN)
László Berti
János Garay
Sándor Pósta
József Rády
Zoltán Schenker
László Széchy
Ödön Tersztyanszky
Jenö Uhlyarik
Netherlands Netherlands (NED)
Adrianus De Jong
Jetze Doorman
Hendrik Scherpenhuyzen
Jan Van Der Wiel
Maarten Hendrik Van Dulm
Henri Jacob Wynoldy-Daniels
Women's foil
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22x20px Ellen Osiier (DEN) 22x20px Gladis Davis (GBR) 22x20px Grete Heckscher (DEN)

Participating nations

A total of 240 fencers from 23 nations competed at the Paris Games:[5]

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 France France (FRA) 3 3 0 6
2 Belgium Belgium (BEL) 1 2 1 4
3 Hungary Hungary (HUN) 1 1 2 4
4 Denmark Denmark (DEN) 1 0 1 2
Italy Italy (ITA) 1 0 1 2
6 Great Britain Great Britain (GBR) 0 1 0 1
7 Netherlands Netherlands (NED) 0 0 1 1
Sweden Sweden (SWE) 0 0 1 1

References

  1. ^ "SPORTS - Fencing". www.olympic.org. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Notes for Men of Iron". www.koryu.com. Koryu.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ "From Fencing to Duelling - Paris, 1924". www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/. h2g2. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  4. ^ "From Fencing to Duelling - Paris, 1924". www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/. h2g2. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  5. ^ De Wael's Full Olympians