Irene Camber

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Irene Camber
Irene Camber 1960.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1926-02-12) 12 February 1926 (age 91)
Trieste, Italy
Height 169 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Country  Italy
Sport Fencing
Event(s) Foil
Club SS Cassa di Risparmio, Milan

Irene Camber or Irene Camber-Corno (born 12 February 1926) is an Italian fencer and Olympic champion in foil competition.


Camber was born in Trieste on 12 February 1926.[1] She began to be interested in fencing at eight years-old in Trieste. Her involvement in fencing was not planned, but random.[2] Instead of entering the hall where she used to practice gymnastics, she mistakenly entered the fencing hall.[2] She had four appearances at Olympic Games: London (1948), Helsinki (1952), Rome (1960) and Tokyo (1964).[2] After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in industrial chemistry, she made her debut at the London Games in 1948. She was defeated in the semi-finals.[2] Four years later at the Helsinki Games, she faced two-fold Olympic champion (at Berlin and London Games) 45-year-old Hungarian Ilona Elek.[1] Camber won the match by 4–3. She did not appear at the Melbourne Games, since she was pregnant. At the Rome Games in 1960, she won a bronze team medal.[1] She lastly took part in the Italian fencing team at the Tokyo Games. Camber also won medals st the world fencing championships.[1] Then she began to serve as the national team coach at the Munich Games, and Antonella Ragno, her pupil, won the gold medal. Camber also worked at Montedison chemical corporation during her fencing career.[1]


Camber received a gold medal in the individual foil at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.[3][4] At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome she received a bronze medal in foil team. In addition, she also earned two titles – one individually (1953) and one with the Italian team (1957) – and 6 more medals at the Fencing World Championships.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Irene Camber-Corno". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Olympic Dictionary" (PDF). Gazzetta. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "1952 Summer Olympics – Helsinki, Finland – Fencing" (Retrieved on 7 June 2008)
  4. ^ "Irene Camber Results". Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2010.