Fencing at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's sabre

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Men's sabre
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue Franco-British Exhibition fencing grounds
Dates July 17–24
Competitors 76 from 11 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Hungary
Silver medal    Hungary
Bronze medal    Bohemia
«1904 1912»
Fencing at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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Épée men
Team épée men
Sabre men
Team sabre men

The men's sabre was one of four fencing events on the Fencing at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. The top two places were won by Hungarian fencers, who also took the gold medal in the team sabre event.

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

The first round was conducted in round-robin format, to three touches. Pool sizes ranged from 4 to 8 fencers. The three contestants who had lost the fewest bouts advanced.

Pool A[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Siegfried Flesch Austria 5 0
2 Jetze Doorman Netherlands 3 2
Vlastimil Lada-Sázavský Bohemia 3 2
4 Jean de Mas Latrie France 2 3
5 Henri Six Belgium 1 4
Jaroslav Šourek-Tucek Bohemia 1 4

Pool B[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Otakar Lada Bohemia 3 1
2 Arthur Murray Great Britain 2 2
Péter Tóth Hungary 2 2
Joseph van der Voodt Belgium 2 2
5 Johannes Adam Germany 1 3

The three-way tie for the two remaining places resulted in the British fencer being eliminated.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
2 Péter Tóth Hungary 1 0
Joseph van der Voodt Belgium 1 0
4 Arthur Murray Great Britain 0 2

Pool C[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Alfred Labouchere Netherlands 4 1
2 Etienne Grade Belgium 3 2
Fritz Jack Germany 3 2
Jean-Joseph Renaud France 3 2
5 Dino Diana Italy 2 3
6 Douglas Godfree Great Britain 0 5

Renaud lost both his playoff matches, eliminating him and allowing Grade and Jack to advance.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
2 Etienne Grade Belgium 1 0
Fritz Jack Germany 1 0
4 Jean-Joseph Renaud France 0 2

Pool D[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 William Marsh Great Britain 3 1
2 René Lateux France 2 2
Julius Lichtenfels Germany 2 2
Richard Schoemaker Netherlands 2 2
5 Harald Krenchel Denmark 1 3

The playoff resulted in two losses for Lichtenfels.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
2 René Lateux France 1 0
Richard Schoemaker Netherlands 1 0
4 Julius Lichtenfels Germany 0 2

Pool E[edit]

The fifth pool was small, with only 4 fencers. This meant only one, Langevin, was eliminated.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Adrianus de Jong Netherlands 2 1
Alessandro Pirzio Biroli Italy 2 1
Einar Schwartz-Nielsen Denmark 2 1
4 Georges Langevin France 0 3

Pool F[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Georges de la Falaise France 3 1
Jenő Szántay Hungary 3 1
3 August Petri Germany 2 2
Antoine van Tomme Belgium 2 2
5 Jacob van Löben Sels Netherlands 0 4

Petri defeated van Tomme in the playoff for third place after having lost to the Belgian in the main pool.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
3 August Petri Germany 1 0
4 Antoine van Tomme Belgium 0 1

Pool G[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Dezső Földes Hungary 5 0
2 Sante Ceccherini Italy 4 1
3 Richard Badman Great Britain 2 3
Lion van Minden Netherlands 2 3
5 Jakob Erkrath de Bary Germany 1 4
Ismaël de Lesseps France 1 4

Badman defeated van Minden again in the playoff for third place.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
3 Richard Badman Great Britain 1 0
4 Lion van Minden Netherlands 0 1

Pool H[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Marcello Bertinetti Italy 4 1
Bertrand Marie de Lesseps France 4 1
3 Béla Zulawszky Hungary 3 2
4 Robert Krünert Germany 2 3
Charles Wilson Great Britain 2 3
6 Walter Gates South Africa 0 5

Pool I[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Oszkár Gerde Hungary 4 1
Lauritz Østrup Denmark 4 1
3 Willem van Blijenburgh Netherlands 3 2
4 André du Bosch Belgium 2 3
Alfred Keene Great Britain 2 3
6 Joseph, Marquis de Saint Brisson France 0 5

Pool J[edit]

The tenth pool was the largest, at fully twice the size of the fifth. Five of the eight fencers were eliminated. The Bohemian fencer, von Lobsdorf, defeated each of his seven opponents for a decisive first place in the pool. There was no match between Sarzano and Stohr.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf Bohemia 7 0
2 Paul Anspach Belgium 5 2
Jenő Apáthy Hungary 5 2
4 Edward Brookfield Great Britain 3 4
Johan van Schreven Netherlands 3 4
6 Pietro Sarzano Italy 2 4
Georg Stöhr Germany 2 4
8 Jean Mikorski France 2 5

Pool K[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jenő Fuchs Hungary 5 0
2 Gustaaf van Hulstijn Netherlands 4 1
3 Vilém Tvrzský Bohemia 3 2
4 Arolodo Pinelli Italy 2 3
5 Ernst Moldenhauer Germany 1 4
6 Lockhart Leith Great Britain 0 5

Pool L[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 George van Rossem Netherlands 4 1
2 C. Barry Notley Great Britain 3 2
Bedrich Schejbal Bohemia 3 2
Louis Chapuis France 3 2
5 Alexis Simonson Belgium 2 3
6 Albert Naumann Germany 0 5

Chapuis was eliminated in the three-way playoff for second and third.

Place Fencer Nation
2 C. Barry Notley Great Britain
Bedrich Schejbal Bohemia
4 Louis Chapuis France

Pool M[edit]

The final pool was one of the larger pools, with 7 fencers.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Lajos Werkner Hungary 5 1
2 Riccardo Nowak Italy 4 2
Emil Schön Germany 4 2
4 Marc Perrodon France 3 3
5 Jan de Beaufort Netherlands 2 4
František Šourek-Tuček[1] Bohemia 2 4
7 Anthony Chalke Great Britain 1 5

Second round[edit]

There were eight second round pools, ranging in size from 4 to 6.

Pool 1[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jenő Fuchs Hungary 3 1
2 Etienne Grade Belgium 2 2
C. Barry Notley Great Britain 2 2
Richard Schoemaker Netherlands 2 2
5 René Lateux France 1 3

Notley's pair of victories in the playoff gave him second in the pool, allowing him to advance.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
2 C. Barry Notley Great Britain 2 0
3 Etienne Grade Belgium 0 1
Richard Schoemaker Netherlands 0 1

Pool 2[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Lajos Werkner Hungary 4 0
2 Dezső Földes Hungary 3 1
3 George van Rossem Netherlands 2 2
4 Richard Badman Great Britain 1 3
5 Fritz Jack Germany 1 3

Pool 3[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf Bohemia 3 1
Joseph van der Voodt Belgium 3 1
3 William Marsh Great Britain 2 2
4 Adrianus de Jong Netherlands 1 3
Riccardo Nowak Italy 1 3

Pool 4[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Bertrand Marie de Lesseps France 3 0
2 Béla Zulawszky Hungary 2 1
3 Bedrich Schejbal Bohemia 1 2
4 Vilém Tvrzský Bohemia 0 3

Pool 5[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Oszkar Gerde Hungary 4 0
2 Sante Ceccherini Italy 3 1
3 Otakar Lada Bohemia 2 2
4 Emil Schön Germany 1 3
5 Paul Anspach Belgium 0 4

Pool 6[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Péter Tóth Hungary 4 0
2 Jenő Szántay Hungary 3 1
3 Willem van Blijenburgh Netherlands 1 3
Siegfried Flesch Austria 1 3
Alfred Labouchere Netherlands 1 3

Pool 7[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Marcello Bertinetti Italy 4 0
2 Jetze Doorman Netherlands 2 2
August Petri Germany 2 2
4 Vlastimil Lada-Sázavský Bohemia 1 3
Alessandro Pirzio Biroli Italy 1 3

Doorman, who had lost to Petri in the main pool, defeated the German in the playoff for second place.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
2 Jetze Doorman Netherlands 1 0
3 August Petri Germany 0 1

Pool 8[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jenő Apáthy Hungary 2 1
Georges de la Falaise France 2 1
Lauritz Østrup Denmark 2 1
4 Einar Schwartz-Nielsen Denmark 0 3
Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Georges de la Falaise France 2 0
2 Lauritz Østrup Denmark 1 1
3 Jenő Apáthy Hungary 0 2

Semifinals[edit]

There were two semifinals, each of 8 fencers. The top 4 in each advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1[edit]

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jenő Fuchs Hungary 6 1
2 Lajos Werkner Hungary 5 2
3 Georges de la Falaise France 4 3
Jenő Szántay Hungary 4 3
5 Marcello Bertinetti Italy 3 4
Dezső Földes Hungary 3 4
7 C. Barry Notley Great Britain 2 5
8 Bertrand Marie de Lesseps France 1 6

Semifinal 2[edit]

Four fencers tied at 5-2 records, all advancing to the finals. Ceccherini gave up after his first four bouts, giving Tóth, van der Voodt, and Doorman wins by walkover.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jetze Doorman Netherlands 5 2
Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf Bohemia 5 2
Péter Tóth Hungary 5 2
Béla Zulawszky Hungary 5 2
5 Oszkár Gerde Hungary 4 3
6 Lauritz Østrup Denmark 3 4
7 Joseph van der Voodt Belgium 1 6
8 Sante Ceccherini Italy 0 7

Final[edit]

Fuchs and de Lobsdorf did not finish within the time limit, resulting in a loss for both of them.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jenő Fuchs Hungary 6 1
Béla Zulawszky Hungary 6 1
3 Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf Bohemia 4 3
4 Jenő Szántay Hungary 3 4
5 Péter Tóth Hungary 3 4
6 Lajos Werkner Hungary 2 5
7 Jetze Doorman Netherlands 1 6
Georges de la Falaise France 1 6

The playoff match for the gold medal was won by Fuchs, with the one-touch bout decided by a parry and riposte to his fellow Hungarian's head.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jenő Fuchs Hungary 1 0
2 Béla Zulawszky Hungary 0 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ comdat.w.interia.pl

Sources[edit]

  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Fencing 1908". Accessed 1 May 2006. Available electronically at [1].