Fencing at the 1896 Summer Olympics

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Fencing

At the 1896 Summer Olympics, three fencing events were contested at the Zappeion. They were prepared and organized by the Sub-Committee for Fencing. The épée event for men was cancelled. All fencing was done to three touches. Events were held on 7 April and 9 April 1896. 15 athletes from four nations competed; 8 fencers from 3 nations won one medal each.

Medal summary[edit]

These medals are retroactively assigned by the International Olympic Committee; at the time, winners were given a silver medal.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Foil
details
 Eugène-Henri Gravelotte
France (FRA)
 Henri Callot
France (FRA)
 Periklis Pierrakos-Mavromichalis
Greece (GRE)
Masters foil
details
 Leonidas Pyrgos
Greece (GRE)
 Jean Maurice Perronet
France (FRA)
none
Sabre
details
 Ioannis Georgiadis
Greece (GRE)
 Tilemachos Karakalos
Greece (GRE)
 Holger Nielsen
Denmark (DEN)

Participating nations[edit]

Fencing before the king of Greece, 1896, by André Castaigne

A total of 15 fencers from four nations competed at the Athens Games:

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Greece 2 1 1 4
2 France 1 2 0 3
3 Denmark 0 0 1 1

Sub-Committee for Fencing[edit]

  • Ioannis Phokianos, president
  • Georgios Streit, secretary
  • Ioannis Yenissarlis
  • Loukas Belos
  • Nikolaos Politis
  • Chas. Waldstein
  • Dimitrios Aiginitis
  • Dimitrios Sekkeris
  • Spyridon Koumoundouros
  • Konstantinos Manos
  • Spyridon Antonopoulos

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Lampros, S.P.; Polites, N.G.; De Coubertin, Pierre; Philemon, P.J.; & Anninos, C. (1897). The Olympic Games: BC 776 – AD 1896. Athens: Charles Beck.  (Digitally available at [1])
  • Mallon, Bill; & Widlund, Ture (1998). The 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9.  (Excerpt available at [2])
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X.