Fencing at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Men's sabre

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Men's sabre
at the Games of the X Olympiad
Piller György.jpg
György Piller
Venue160th Regiment State Armory
Dates12–13 August
Competitors25 from 12 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) György Piller  Hungary
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Giulio Gaudini  Italy
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Endre Kabos  Hungary
← 1928
1936 →

The men's sabre was one of seven fencing events on the fencing at the 1932 Summer Olympics programme. It was the ninth appearance of the event. The competition was held from 12 August 1932 to 13 August 1932. 25 fencers from 12 nations competed.[1] Five additional fencers entered but did not start. Each nation was limited to three fencers.[2] The event was won by György Piller of Hungary, the third of nine straight Games in which a Hungarian would win the event. Giulio Gaudini of Italy took silver, while another Hungarian (Endre Kabos) earned bronze.

Background[edit]

This was the ninth appearance of the event, which is the only fencing event to have been held at every Summer Olympics. Three of the twelve finalists from 1928 returned: silver medalist Attila Petschauer of Hungary, sixth-place finisher Erwin Casmir of Germany, and seventh-place finisher Arturo De Vecchi of Italy. The reigning gold medalist, Ödön Tersztyánszky, had been killed in a car accident in 1929. György Piller of Hungary was the two-time reigning world champion and favored among a strong Hungarian team.[3]

Canada, Mexico, and Poland each made their debut in the men's sabre. Italy and Denmark each made their seventh appearance in the event, tied for most of any nation, each having missed two of the first three events but having appeared every Games since 1908.

Competition format[edit]

The competition format was a round-robin for each pool, with three rounds (preliminary, semifinals, and final). Bouts were to five touches. Pool placement depended on bouts won; not all bouts in a round-robin were played if unnecessary to determine qualification for the next round; Erwin Casmir, for example, fenced only three bouts rather than seven in an eight-person preliminary pool because his three wins were sufficient to put him in fourth place and qualify him for the semifinals. Touches against was typically used as a tie-breaker for placement (including breaking a tie for the bronze medal), but fence-off barrages were used to determine qualification in the semifinals.[4]

  • Quarterfinals: There were 3 pools of between 8 and 9 fencers each (after withdrawals). The top 6 fencers in each quarterfinal advanced to the semifinals.
  • Semifinals: There were 2 pools of 9 fencers each. The top 5 fencers in each semifinal advanced to the final.
  • Final: The final pool had 10 fencers.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
Friday, 12 August 1932 8:00
13:00
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Saturday, 13 August 1932 13:00 Final

Results[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

The top six fencers in each pool qualified for the semifinals.[4]

Quarterfinal 1[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Attila Petschauer  Hungary 5 0 25 12 Q
2 Giulio Gaudini  Italy 5 1 29 16 Q
3 Ivan Osiier  Denmark 3 2 21 17 Q
4 Jean Piot  France 3 3 21 20 Q
5 Peter Bruder  United States 3 3 26 21 Q
6 Władysław Segda  Poland 3 3 23 23 Q
7 Gerónimo Delgadillo  Mexico 1 5 12 29
8 Patrick Farrell  Canada 0 6 11 30
Barbier  Belgium DNS

Quarterfinal 2[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Endre Kabos  Hungary 6 0 30 18 Q
2 Emilio Salafia  Italy 4 2 25 16 Q
3 Norman Cohn-Armitage  United States 4 2 24 18 Q
4 Erwin Casmir  Germany 3 0 15 5 Q
5 Adam Papée  Poland 3 3 22 19 Q
6 Francisco Valero  Mexico 2 5 20 29 Q
7 Axel Bloch  Denmark 1 6 12 33
8 Georges de Bourguignon  Belgium 1 6 24 34
Marzi  Italy DNS
Oziol de Pignol  France DNS

Quarterfinal 3[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Edward Gardère  France 5 2 30 16 Q
2 György Piller  Hungary 5 1 26 21 Q
3 Antonio Haro  Mexico 5 3 33 28 Q
4 Arturo De Vecchi  Italy 4 2 27 17 Q
5 Leszek Lubicz-Nycz  Poland 4 2 23 22 Q
6 John Huffman  United States 4 4 34 25 Q
7 Carmelo Merlo  Argentina 1 4 20 27
8 Doris de Jong  Netherlands 1 6 14 33
9 Aage Leidersdorff  Denmark 1 7 19 37
Mund  Belgium DNS
Anselmi  Italy DNS

Semifinals[edit]

The top five fencers in each semifinal advanced to the final.[5]

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Endre Kabos  Hungary 6 1 34 20 Q
2 Attila Petschauer  Hungary 6 2 37 24 Q
3 John Huffman  United States 6 2 36 25 Q
4 Ivan Osiier  Denmark 4 3 30 24 Q
5 Arturo De Vecchi  Italy 4 4 32 31 Q
6 Edward Gardère  France 3 5 27 37
7 Leszek Lubicz-Nycz  Poland 2 6 26 35
8 Adam Papée  Poland 2 6 27 36
9 Francisco Valero  Mexico 2 6 20 37

Semifinal 2[edit]

The three-way tie for fourth place was broken through a barrage rather than by touches against. Cohn-Armitage placed first in that barrage (fourth in the overall pool), with Salafia second (fifth overall) and Bruder third (sixth overall, and not qualified for the final). The Official Report contains no explanation why Piot, who won no bouts, was ranked higher than Haro, who won one.[5]

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 György Piller  Hungary 6 0 30 12 Q
2 Giulio Gaudini  Italy 5 1 29 19 Q
3 Erwin Casmir  Germany 4 1 23 14 Q
4 Norman Cohn-Armitage  United States 3 4 27 24 Q
5 Emilio Salafia  Italy 3 4 25 30 Q
6 Peter Bruder  United States 3 4 23 27
7 Jean Piot  France 0 5 11 25
8 Antonio Haro  Mexico 1 5 16 29
9 Władysław Segda  Poland 0 1 1 5

Final[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TS TR
1st place, gold medalist(s) György Piller  Hungary 8 1 42 19
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Giulio Gaudini  Italy 7 2 39 28
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Endre Kabos  Hungary 5 4 36 29
4 Erwin Casmir  Germany 5 4 32 30
5 Attila Petschauer  Hungary 5 4 37 32
6 John Huffman  United States 5 4 38 35
7 Ivan Osiier  Denmark 4 5 32 35
8 Arturo De Vecchi  Italy 3 6 27 36
9 Norman Cohn-Armitage  United States 3 6 23 37
10 Emilio Salafia  Italy 0 9 20 45

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fencing: 1932 Olympic Results - Men's sabre". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  2. ^ Official Olympic Report, la84.org. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Sabre, Individual, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b Official Report, p. 514.
  5. ^ a b Official Report, p. 515.