Fencing at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's épée

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Men's épée
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue Franco-British Exhibition fencing grounds
Dates July 17–24
Competitors 85 from 12 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Gaston Alibert  France
2nd, silver medalist(s) Alexandre Lippmann  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Eugene Olivier  France
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Épée men
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Sabre men
Team sabre men

The men's épée was one of four fencing events on the Fencing at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. The medals were swept by the French fencers, who also took the gold medal in the team épée event.

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

The first round was conducted in round-robin format, to one touch. Pool sizes ranged from 5 to 8 fencers. Double-touches counted against both fencers. The three contestants who had been struck the fewest times advanced.

Pool A[edit]

Fildes and von Rosen had a double-touch, as did Stöhr and Fildes.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Lauritz Østrup  Denmark 5 1
2 Bernard Gravier  France 4 2
Jaroslav Šourek-Tucek  Bohemia 4 2
4 Eric Carlberg  Sweden 3 3
5 Pontus von Rosen  Sweden 3 4[1]
6 Georg Stöhr  Germany 2 5
7 Luke Fildes  Great Britain 2 6

Pool B[edit]

Double-touches were between Gates and van Schreven, Jack and Gates, and Collignon and van Schreven.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Vlastimil Lada-Sázavský  Bohemia 5 1
2 Charles Colignon  France 5 2
3 Pietro Speciale  Italy 3 3
4 Herbert Sander  Denmark 2 4
Johan van Schreven  Netherlands 4 4
6 Walter Gates  South Africa 3 5
Fritz Jack  Germany 2 5

Pool C[edit]

Blake and Dwinger had the only double-touch in this six-man pool.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Joseph Marais  France 5 0
2 Ejnar Levison  Denmark 3 2
Gaston Renard  Belgium 3 2
4 Johannes Adam  Germany 1 4
John Blake  Great Britain 2 4
Max Dwinger  Netherlands 2 4

Pool D[edit]

The fourth pool had 8 fencers. Berger was clearly the best of the crowd, going untouched in his seven bouts. When five different fencers tied for second place at 4 touches against apiece, a playoff round-robin was held. The first playoff eliminated only one fencer, with the remaining four again tying and forcing a second playoff. That round resulted in Holt and Tvrzský tying at 1 touch apiece, eliminating the other two fencers.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Henri-Georges Berger  France 7 0
2 Otto Becker  Denmark 4 4
Hans Bergsland  Norway 4 4
Dino Diana  Italy 4 4
Martin Holt  Great Britain 3 4
Vilém Tvrzský  Bohemia 4 4
7 André Sarens  Belgium 3 6
George van Rossem  Netherlands 2 6

Bergsland was hit three times, finishing sixth overall in the pool while the other four fencers in the playoff each received two hits to advance to a second playoff.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
2 Otto Becker  Denmark 3 2
Dino Diana  Italy 3 2
Martin Holt  Great Britain 2 2
Vilém Tvrzský  Bohemia 2 2
6 Hans Bergsland  Norway 1 3

Holt and Tvrzský tied for an overall second-place finish in the pool with one touch against apiece (Tvrzský won the bout between the two, but was himself hit by Diana). Becker and Diana placed fourth.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
2 Martin Holt  Great Britain 2 1
Vilém Tvrzský  Bohemia 2 1
4 Otto Becker  Denmark 1 2
Dino Diana  Italy 1 2

Pool E[edit]

The fifth pool also included 8 fencers, but did not require a playoff. The only touch against Alibert came in a double-touch with van Löben Sels.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Gaston Alibert  France 7 1
2 Fernand de Montigny  Belgium 5 3
Ivan Osiier  Denmark 5 3
4 Percival Davson  Great Britain 3 4
Sante Ceccherini  Italy 4 4
6 Otakar Lada  Bohemia 3 5
7 Robert Krünert  Germany 2 6
Maurits Jacob van Löben Sels  Netherlands 3 6

Pool F[edit]

The sixth competition pool was smaller, with only 6 fencers.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 François Rom  Belgium 4 1
2 Giulio Cagiati  Italy 4 2
Sydney Martineau  Great Britain 3 2
4 Henry Peyron  Sweden 3 3
5 Albert Naumann  Germany 1 4
Bedrich Schejbal  Bohemia 1 4

Pool G[edit]

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Leaf Daniell  Great Britain 5 1
2 Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf  Bohemia 4 2
3 Fernand Bosmans  Belgium 4 3
Frédéric Dubourdieu  France 4 3
Emil Schön  Germany 4 3
6 Dezső Földes  Hungary 1 5
7 Willem Hubert van Blijenburgh  Netherlands 1 6

The Official Report says only that Bosmans defeated Dubourdieu and Schön in the playoff, without giving further detail.

Place Fencer Nation
3 Fernand Bosmans  Belgium
4 Frédéric Dubourdieu  France
Emil Schön  Germany

Pool H[edit]

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Alfred Labouchere  Netherlands 5 1
2 Paul Anspach  Belgium 5 2
3 Ralph Chalmers  Great Britain 3 3
Jacques Rodocanachi  France 3 3
5 Jacob Erkrath de Bary  Germany 4 4
Alessandro Pirzio Biroli  Italy 3 4
7 František Šourek-Tuček[2]  Bohemia 0 6

The single bout between Rodocanachi and Chalmers to break the tie for third resulted in a win for the Frenchman.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
3 Jacques Rodocanachi  France 1 0
4 Ralph Chalmers  Great Britain 0 1

Pool I[edit]

The ninth pool was the first of the second day of competition, 18 July.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Robert Montgomerie  Great Britain 6 1
2 Gustaf Lindblom  Sweden 5 3
Giuseppe Mangiarotti  Italy 5 3
René Quenessen  France 3 3
5 Frantz Jørgensen  Denmark 3 4
6 Percy Nobbs  Canada 2 6
August Petri  Germany 2 6

Mangiarotti was defeated in the three-way playoff for the two remaining advancement spots.

Place Fencer Nation
2 Gustaf Lindblom  Sweden
René Quenessen  France
4 Giuseppe Mangiarotti  Italy

Pool J[edit]

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Edgar Amphlett  Great Britain 4 1
Jetze Doorman  Netherlands 4 1
3 Eugène Olivier  France 3 2
4 Zulavszky Béla  Hungary 2 4
Ernst Moldenhauer  Germany 1 4
Pietro Sarzano  Italy 2 4

Pool K[edit]

The eleventh pool was the smallest, with only 5 fencers.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Marcelo Bertinetti  Italy 3 1
2 Cecil Haig  Great Britain 2 2
Pierre le Blon  Belgium 3 2
Simon Okker  Netherlands 3 2
5 Georg Branting  Sweden 0 4

In the playoff for the second and third spots, le Blon won with Haig taking the final spot. Okker was eliminated.

Place Fencer Nation
2 Pierre le Blon  Belgium
3 Cecil Haig  Great Britain
4 Simon Okker  Netherlands

Pool L[edit]

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Alexandre Lippmann  France 4 1
François Stuyck  Belgium 5 1
3 Riccardo Nowak  Italy 3 2
4 Birger Cnattingius  Sweden 1 4
Edgar Seligman  Great Britain 2 4
6 Gösta Olson  Sweden 1 5

Pool M[edit]

The final pool also had only 5 fencers.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Jean Stern  France 4 1
2 Henry Davids  Great Britain 2 2
Marcel van Langenhove  Belgium 2 2
4 Julius Lichtenfels  Germany 2 3
Tóth Péter  Hungary 1 3

Second round[edit]

Seven of the eight second round pools had 5 fencers, with the eighth having only 4. 2 advanced to the semifinals from each pool.

Pool 1[edit]

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Pierre le Blon  Belgium 4 1
2 Jetze Doorman  Netherlands 2 2
Jean Stern  France 4 2
4 François Stuyck  Belgium 1 3
5 Ejnar Levison  Denmark 1 4

Doorman again lost to Stern in the playoff bout.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
2 Jean Stern  France 1 0
3 Jetze Doorman  Netherlands 0 1

Pool 2[edit]

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Lauritz Østrup  Denmark 3 1
2 Ivan Osiier  Denmark 2 2
Gaston Renard  Belgium 2 2
Jacques Rodocanachi  France 2 2
5 Edgar Amphlett  Great Britain 1 3

Renard won the playoff pool, with no further details given in the Official Report.

Place Fencer Nation
2 Gaston Renard  Belgium
3 Ivan Osiier  Denmark
Jacques Rodocanachi  France

Pool 3[edit]

Alibert continued on his perfect streak, winning four more bouts untouched.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Gaston Alibert  France 4 0
2 Henri-Georges Berger  France 3 2
Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf  Bohemia 2 2
4 Pietro Speciale  Italy 1 3
5 Henry Davids  Great Britain 1 4

Berger won the playoff, defeating von Lobsdorf again.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
2 Henri-Georges Berger  France 1 0
3 Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf  Bohemia 0 1

Pool 4[edit]

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Martin Holt  Great Britain 3 1
2 Bernard Gravier  France 2 2
Robert Montgomerie  Great Britain 2 2
Vilém Tvrzský  Bohemia 2 2
5 Joseph Marais  France 1 3

Montgomerie won against Gravier and Tvrzský in the three-way playoff for the second semifinal spot.

Place Fencer Nation
2 Robert Montgomerie  Great Britain
3 Bernard Gravier  France
Vilém Tvrzský  Bohemia

Pool 5[edit]

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Gustaf Lindblom  Sweden 3 1
Alexandre Lippmann  France 4 1
3 Leaf Daniell  Great Britain 3 2
4 Marcelo Bertinetti  Italy 1 3
5 Vlastimil Lada-Sázavský  Bohemia 0 4

Pool 6[edit]

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 François Rom  Belgium 3 1
2 Fernand Bosmans  Belgium 4 2
3 Charles Colignon  France 1 3
Marcel van Langenhove  Belgium 2 3
Riccardo Nowak  Italy 2 3

Pool 7[edit]

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Paul Anspach  Belgium 3 1
2 Alfred Labouchere  Netherlands 2 2
Sydney Martineau  Great Britain 2 2
Fernand de Montigny  Belgium 2 2
5 Jaroslav Šourek-Tucek  Bohemia 1 3

Labouchere won the three-way playoff for second place and a semifinal spot.

Place Fencer Nation
2 Alfred Labouchere  Netherlands
3 Sydney Martineau  Great Britain
Fernand de Montigny  Belgium

Pool 8[edit]

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Cecil Haig  Great Britain 2 1
Eugène Olivier  France 2 1
3 Giulio Cagiati  Italy 1 2
René Quenessen  France 1 2

Semifinals[edit]

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

Semifinal 1[edit]

Alibert was hit twice, both in double-touches.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Gaston Alibert  France 7 2
2 Cecil Haig  Great Britain 4 3
Alfred Labouchere  Netherlands 4 3
4 Robert Montgomerie  Great Britain 3 4
5 Henri-Georges Berger  France 4 5
Gaston Renard  Belgium 3 5
François Rom  Belgium 5 5
8 Fernand Bosmans  Belgium 4 7

Semifinal 2[edit]

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Paul Anspach  Belgium 5 2
2 Martin Holt  Great Britain 4 3
3 Alexandre Lippmann  France 5 4
Eugène Olivier  France 5 4
Jean Stern  France 3 4
6 Gustaf Lindblom  Sweden 4 5
Lauritz Østrup  Denmark 5 5
8 Pierre le Blon  Belgium 2 6
Place Fencer Nation For Against
3 Alexandre Lippmann  France 2 0
4 Eugène Olivier  France 1 1
5 Jean Stern  France 0 2

Final[edit]

The final resulted in Alibert taking the championship after again hitting all opponents, though he suffered another pair of double-touches. There was a three-way tie for second place between two Frenchman and Montgomerie of the British team.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
1 Gaston Alibert  France 7 2
2 Alexandre Lippmann  France 5 3
Robert Montgomerie  Great Britain 6 3
Eugène Olivier  France 4 3
5 Paul Anspach  Belgium 2 5
Cecil Haig  Great Britain 2 5
Alfred Labouchere  Netherlands 2 5
8 Martin Holt  Great Britain 2 6

The playoff pool for second and third resulted in wins for the two French fencers, completing France's medal sweep in the event.

Place Fencer Nation For Against
2 Alexandre Lippmann  France 2 0
3 Eugène Olivier  France 1 1
4 Robert Montgomerie  Great Britain 0 2

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Official Report lists von Rosen's hits against as "3", but shows him being hit by Carlberg, Gravier, and Østrup as well as scoring a double-touch against Fildes for a total of 4 hits against.
  2. ^ 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 29 April 2006. Available electronically at [1].