Fencing at the 1924 Summer Olympics

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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 Abazzia 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[edit]

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

Participating nations[edit]

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

Medal table[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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