Fencing at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's team sabre

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Men's team sabre
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
VenueSt Kilda Town Hall
Dates3 December
Competitors43 from 8 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Aladár Gerevich
Rudolf Kárpáti
Pál Kovács
Attila Keresztes
Jenő Hámori
Dániel Magay
 Hungary
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Jerzy Pawłowski
Wojciech Zabłocki
Marian Kuszewski
Ryszard Zub
Andrzej Piątkowski
Zygmunt Pawlas
 Poland
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Lev Kuznetsov
Yakov Rylsky
Yevhen Cherepovsky
David Tyshler
Leonid Bogdanov
 Soviet Union
← 1952
1960 →

The men's team sabre was one of seven fencing events on the fencing at the 1956 Summer Olympics programme. It was the tenth appearance of the event. The competition was held on 3 December 1956. 43 fencers from 8 nations competed.[1]

Competition format[edit]

The competition used a pool play format, with each team facing the other teams in the pool in a round robin. Each match consisted of 16 bouts, with 4 fencers on one team facing each of the 4 fencers on the other team. Bouts were to 5 touches. Total touches against were the tie-breaker if a match was tied 8 bouts to 8. However, only as much fencing was done as was necessary to determine advancement, so some matches never occurred and some matches were stopped before the full 16 bouts were fenced if the teams advancing from the pool could be determined.[2]

Rosters[edit]

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

The top two nations in each pool advanced to the semifinal.

Pool 1[edit]

Colombia had entered, but did not appear. This left Hungary and the United States to advance without competition.

Rank Nation Wins Losses Bouts Won Bouts Lost Notes
1  Hungary 0 0 0 0 Qualified for semifinals
1  United States 0 0 0 0 Qualified for semifinals

Pool 2[edit]

Poland defeated Great Britain 12–4. Italy defeated Great Britain on touches against (62–66) after each team won 8 bouts in their match. No match between Poland and Italy was necessary.

Rank Nation Wins Losses Bouts Won Bouts Lost Notes
1  Poland 1 0 12 4 Qualified for semifinals
2  Italy 1 0 8 8 Qualified for semifinals
3  Great Britain 0 2 12 20

Pool 3[edit]

The Soviet Union defeated Australia 14–2. When France took a 9–4 lead over Australia to clinch the match, the competition ended as Australia was certain to be the third-place team and eliminated.

Rank Nation Wins Losses Bouts Won Bouts Lost Notes
1  France 1 0 9 1 Qualified for semifinals
2  Soviet Union 1 0 14 2 Qualified for semifinals
3  Australia 0 2 3 23

Semifinals[edit]

The top two nations in each pool advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1[edit]

France defeated the Soviet Union 9–7 and the Soviet Union defeated Italy 9–7. Italy needed to beat France by that same score, then, to avoid elimination; when France took an 8–6 lead, that became impossible and Italy was set at 3rd place in the pool.

Rank Nation Wins Losses Bouts Won Bouts Lost Notes
1  France 2 0 17 13 Qualified for final
2  Soviet Union 1 1 16 16 Qualified for final
3  Italy 0 2 13 17

Semifinal 2[edit]

Poland defeated the United States 10–6. Hungary defeated the United States 9–1, with the remainder of the bouts between the two not necessary. No match between Poland and Hungary was necessary.

Rank Nation Wins Losses Bouts Won Bouts Lost Notes
1  Hungary 1 0 9 1 Qualified for final
2  Poland 1 0 10 6 Qualified for final
3  United States 0 2 7 19

Final[edit]

The first two pairings saw Poland defeat the Soviet Union (9–7) and Hungary beat France (12–4). Poland and Hungary each won again in the second pairings, this time Poland over France (10–6) and Hungary against the Soviet Union (9–7). With two 2–0 teams and two 0–2 teams, the third set of pairings in the round-robin were effectively a gold medal match and a bronze medal match. The Soviet Union defeated France 8–7 (touches were 53–60, so even a 5–0 win for France in the final unplayed bout would have left the Soviet team the winners) to take the bronze medal, while Hungary prevailed over Poland 9–4 for the gold.

Rank Nation Wins Losses Bouts Won Bouts Lost
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Hungary 3 0 30 15
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Poland 2 1 23 22
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Soviet Union 1 2 22 25
4  France 0 3 17 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fencing: 1956 Olympic Results - Men's team sabre". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  2. ^ Official Report, p. 448.