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
1st, gold medalist(s) Jenő Fuchs  Hungary
2nd, silver medalist(s) Béla Zulawszky  Hungary
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf  Bohemia
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1908 Summer Olympics
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Épée men
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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].