Fencing at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's sabre

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Men's sabre
at the Games of the XI Olympiad
DR 1936 614 Olympische Sommerspiele Degenfechten.jpg
German stamp commemorating 1936 Olympic fencing
VenueImperial Sports Field, Berlin
Dates14–15 August
Competitors71 from 26 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Endre Kabos  Hungary
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Gustavo Marzi  Italy
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Aladár Gerevich  Hungary
← 1932
1948 →

The men's sabre was one of seven fencing events on the fencing at the 1936 Summer Olympics programme. It was the tenth appearance of the event. The competition was held from 14 August 1936 to 15 August 1936. 71 fencers from 26 nations competed.[1][2] Nations were limited to three fencers each. The event was won by Endre Kabos of Hungary, the fourth of nine straight Games in which a Hungarian would win the event. Kabos became the second man to win multiple medals in the individual sabre, adding to his 1932 bronze. Gustavo Marzi of Italy took silver, while Hungarian Aladár Gerevich earned bronze.

Background[edit]

This was the 10th appearance of the event, which is the only fencing event to have been held at every Summer Olympics. Four of the ten finalists from 1932 returned: silver medalist Giulio Gaudini of Italy, bronze medalist Endre Kabos of Hungary, and sixth-place finisher John Huffman and ninth-place finisher Norman Cohn-Armitage of the United States. Hungary, dominant in the event since the 1908 Games, was expected to perform well again. Kabos had won the world championships in 1933 and 1934; teammate Aladár Gerevich had won in 1935.[3]

Brazil and Costa Rica each made their debut in the men's sabre. Italy and Denmark each made their eighth 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 pool play round-robin, with bouts to five touches. Not all bouts were played in some pools if not necessary to determine advancement. Two points were awarded for each bout won. Ties were broken through fence-off bouts in early rounds if necessary for determining advancement, but by touches received in final rounds (and for non-advancement-necessary placement in earlier rounds).[4]

  • Round 1: There 9 pools of between 7 and 9 fencers each. The top 4 fencers in each pool advanced to the quarterfinals.
  • Quarterfinals: There were 6 pools of 6 fencers each. The top 3 fencers in each quarterfinal advanced to the semifinals.
  • Semifinals: There were 3 pools of 6 fencers each. The top 3 fencers in each semifinal advanced to the final.
  • Final: The final pool had 9 fencers.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
Friday, 14 August 1936 9:00
15:00
17:00
Round 1
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Saturday, 15 August 1936 15:00 Final

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

The top four fencers in each pool advanced to the quarterfinals.[5]

Pool 1[edit]

Brook defeated Bentancur in the play-off for fourth place and the last advancement spot.[5]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Aladár Gerevich  Hungary 12 6 0 30 9 Q
2 Marcel Faure  France 10 5 1 28 14 Q
3 Władysław Segda  Poland 10 5 2 31 22 Q
4 Robin Brook  Great Britain 8 4 3 26 24 Q
5 Carmelo Bentancur  Uruguay 8 4 3 28 28
6 José Manuel Brunet  Argentina 2 1 6 20 33
Menelaos Psarrakis  Greece 2 1 6 17 33
8 Georges Heywaert  Belgium 2 1 6 19 34

Pool 2[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Endre Kabos  Hungary 16 8 0 40 9 Q
2 Jozef Benedik  Czechoslovakia 12 6 2 35 24 Q
3 August Heim  Germany 10 5 3 34 25 Q
4 Denis Dolecsko  Romania 10 5 3 29 29 Q
5 Efrain Díaz  Chile 8 4 4 27 28
Jean Piot  France 8 4 4 28 28
7 Bengt Ljungquist  Sweden 6 3 5 28 31
8 Cihat Teğin  Turkey 2 1 7 22 37
9 Charles Otis  Canada 0 0 8 8 40

Pool 3[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Edward Gardère  France 12 6 0 30 16 Q
2 Giulio Gaudini  Italy 10 5 1 29 12 Q
3 Nicolae Marinescu  Romania 8 4 2 24 17 Q
4 Antonius Montfoort  Netherlands 8 4 2 24 19 Q
5 George Tully  Canada 4 2 4 16 21
6 Norman Cohn-Armitage  United States 4 2 4 21 26
7 Orhan Adaş  Turkey 2 1 5 14 28
8 Moacyr Dunham  Brazil 0 0 6 11 30

Pool 4[edit]

Harry defeated Szatmary in the play-off for fourth place and the last advancement spot.[5]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Karl Sudrich  Austria 14 7 1 39 23 Q
2 László Rajcsányi  Hungary 12 6 1 34 14 Q
3 Nikolaos Manolesos  Greece 12 6 1 33 23 Q
4 Guy Harry  Great Britain 8 4 4 30 30 Q
5 Camil Szatmary  Romania 8 4 4 31 27
6 Hubert de Bèsche  Sweden 6 3 4 22 25
7 Adolf Stocker  Switzerland 6 3 5 28 32
8 Krešo Tretinjak  Yugoslavia 0 0 6 13 30
9 Ennio de Oliveira  Brazil 0 0 7 9 35

Pool 5[edit]

Moreno was the winner of the three-way play-off with Kirchmann and Christiansen for fourth place and the last advancement spot.[6]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Josef Losert  Austria 10 5 1 27 15 Q
2 Antoni Sobik  Poland 10 5 2 32 20 Q
3 Robert Van Den Neucker  Belgium 10 5 2 32 22 Q
4 Julio Moreno  Chile 6 3 4 22 26 Q
5 Bohuslav Kirchmann  Czechoslovakia 6 3 4 22 27
6 Preben Christiansen  Denmark 6 3 4 26 29
7 Mohamed Abdel Rahman  Egypt 4 2 5 20 31
8 Alphonse Ruckstuhl  Switzerland 2 1 5 17 28

Pool 6[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Eugène Laermans  Belgium 10 5 1 24 18 Q
2 Aage Leidersdorff  Denmark 8 4 0 20 15 Q
3 Hubert Loisel  Austria 6 3 2 21 16 Q
Vicente Krause  Argentina 6 3 2 20 16 Q
5 Tomás Goyoaga  Chile 2 1 4 16 23
Enver Balkan  Turkey 2 1 4 14 23
7 Charles Glasstetter  Switzerland 0 0 4 11 20

Pool 7[edit]

The official report lists a three-way for second-place, but under the scoring system in use Wahl was alone due to fewest touches received.[6]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 John Huffman  United States 12 6 0 30 13 Q
2 Richard Wahl  Germany 8 4 1 21 14 Q
3 Hervarth Frass von Friedenfeldt  Czechoslovakia 8 4 2 25 18 Q
José Julián de la Fuente  Uruguay 8 4 2 25 18 Q
5 Konstantinos Botasis  Greece 4 2 4 24 26
6 Don Collinge  Canada 4 2 5 20 33
7 Bernardo de la Guardia  Costa Rica 2 1 5 17 28
Erik Hammer Sørensen  Denmark 2 1 5 16 28

Pool 8[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Vincenzo Pinton  Italy 10 5 0 25 9 Q
2 Dimitar Vasilev  Bulgaria 8 4 2 23 17 Q
3 París Rodríguez  Uruguay 8 4 2 27 18 Q
4 Pieter van Wieringen  Netherlands 6 3 3 22 24 Q
5 Ivar Tingdahl  Sweden 4 2 4 18 26
6 Carmelo Merlo  Argentina 2 1 4 14 22
7 Pavao Pintarić  Yugoslavia 2 1 5 16 29

Pool 9[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Gustavo Marzi  Italy 8 4 1 22 12 Q
2 Frans Mosman  Netherlands 8 4 2 25 17 Q
3 Władysław Dobrowolski  Poland 8 4 1 22 19 Q
4 Oliver Trinder  Great Britain 8 4 2 26 20 Q
5 Peter Bruder  United States 6 3 3 22 19
6 Lodovico Alessandri  Brazil 2 1 5 12 28
7 Milivoj Radović  Yugoslavia 0 0 6 16 30

Quarterfinals[edit]

The top three fencers in each pool advanced to the semifinals.[7]

Quarterfinal 1[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Hubert Loisel  Austria 6 3 2 18 12 Q
2 László Rajcsányi  Hungary 6 3 2 21 15 Q
3 José Julián de la Fuente  Uruguay 6 3 2 16 18 Q
4 Guy Harry  Great Britain 4 2 3 19 18
5 Eugène Laermans  Belgium 4 2 3 16 21
Jozef Benedik  Czechoslovakia 4 2 3 15 21

Quarterfinal 2[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Giulio Gaudini  Italy 6 3 1 18 10 Q
2 Pieter van Wieringen  Netherlands 6 3 1 18 13 Q
Władysław Segda  Poland 6 3 1 18 13 Q
4 Karl Sudrich  Austria 2 1 3 17 18
Richard Wahl  Germany 2 1 3 7 18
6 Hervarth Frass von Friedenfeldt  Czechoslovakia 2 1 3 13 19

Quarterfinal 3[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Gustavo Marzi  Italy 10 5 0 25 13 Q
2 Oliver Trinder  Great Britain 6 3 2 22 13 Q
3 Edward Gardère  France 6 3 2 21 20 Q
4 August Heim  Germany 4 2 3 17 18
5 Aage Leidersdorff  Denmark 2 1 4 16 23
6 Denis Dolecsko  Romania 2 1 4 10 24

Quarterfinal 4[edit]

Vasilev won the three-way play-off against Krause and Montfoort for third place and the last advancement spot.[7]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Endre Kabos  Hungary 10 5 0 25 9 Q
2 Josef Losert  Austria 6 3 2 21 14 Q
3 Dimitar Vasilev  Bulgaria 4 2 3 12 16 Q
4 Vicente Krause  Argentina 4 2 3 20 18
5 Antonius Montfoort  Netherlands 4 2 3 16 21
6 Nikolaos Manolesos  Greece 2 1 4 8 24

Quarterfinal 5[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 París Rodríguez  Uruguay 6 3 1 16 9 Q
2 Aladár Gerevich  Hungary 6 3 1 17 13 Q
3 Robert Van Den Neucker  Belgium 6 3 2 20 18 Q
4 Władysław Dobrowolski  Poland 4 2 3 19 19
5 John Huffman  United States 2 1 3 12 15
6 Julio Moreno  Chile 2 1 3 9 19

Quarterfinal 6[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Vincenzo Pinton  Italy 8 4 0 20 11 Q
2 Marcel Faure  France 6 3 1 16 11 Q
3 Antoni Sobik  Poland 6 3 1 19 12 Q
4 Frans Mosman  Netherlands 2 1 3 16 17
5 Robin Brook  Great Britain 2 1 3 11 18
6 Nicolae Marinescu  Romania 0 0 4 7 20

Semifinals[edit]

The top three fencers in each pool advanced to the final.[8]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Aladár Gerevich  Hungary 6 3 0 15 7 Q
2 Robert Van Den Neucker  Belgium 6 3 0 15 9 Q
3 Gustavo Marzi  Italy 6 3 1 17 11 Q
4 Oliver Trinder  Great Britain 2 1 3 12 17
5 Marcel Faure  France 2 1 3 11 18
6 Hubert Loisel  Austria 0 0 4 12 20

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Endre Kabos  Hungary 8 4 0 20 11 Q
2 Antoni Sobik  Poland 8 4 1 22 14 Q
3 Giulio Gaudini  Italy 6 3 2 20 18 Q
4 París Rodríguez  Uruguay 4 2 3 19 17
5 Pieter van Wieringen  Netherlands 2 1 3 10 15
6 Edward Gardère  France 0 0 5 9 25

Semifinal 3[edit]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR Notes
1 Vincenzo Pinton  Italy 8 4 0 20 9 Q
2 Josef Losert  Austria 6 3 1 17 11 Q
3 László Rajcsányi  Hungary 6 3 2 20 13 Q
4 Władysław Segda  Poland 4 2 3 14 22
5 José Julián de la Fuente  Uruguay 2 1 3 12 18
6 Dimitar Vasilev  Bulgaria 0 0 4 10 20

Final[edit]

Ties in the final, including the tie for silver, were broken by touches received rather than play-off bouts. Thus, even though Gerevich had defeated Marzi in their bout during the pool play, Marzi took the silver and Gerevich bronze without any rematch due to the 22–26 advantage Marzi had in touches received. Kabos's loss to Marzi was his only loss in the entire tournament, as he finished 24–1 overall.[8]

Rank Fencer Nation Points Wins Losses TS TR
1st place, gold medalist(s) Endre Kabos  Hungary 14 7 1 37 20
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Gustavo Marzi  Italy 12 6 2 35 22
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Aladár Gerevich  Hungary 12 6 2 37 26
4 László Rajcsányi  Hungary 10 5 3 34 25
5 Vincenzo Pinton  Italy 10 5 3 32 28
6 Giulio Gaudini  Italy 6 3 5 27 28
7 Antoni Sobik  Poland 4 2 6 22 34
8 Josef Losert  Austria 4 2 6 20 36
9 Robert Van Den Neucker  Belgium 0 0 8 15 40

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fencing: 1936 Olympic Results - Men's sabre". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  2. ^ Official Olympic Report, la84.org. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Sabre, Individual, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  4. ^ Official Report, p. 756.
  5. ^ a b c Official Report, p. 798.
  6. ^ a b Official Report, p. 799.
  7. ^ a b Official Report, p. 800.
  8. ^ a b Official Report, p. 801.