Max Hartung

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Max Hartung
Personal information
Born (1989-10-08) 8 October 1989 (age 29)
Aachen, Germany
ResidenceFriedrichshafen, Germany
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb; 13.9 st)
National coach(es)Vilmoș Szabo
ClubTSV Bayer Dormagen
Head coach(es)Vilmoș Szabo
FIE rankingcurrent ranking

Max Hartung (born 8 October 1989) is a German sabre fencer,[1] team gold medallist at the 2014 World Fencing Championships.


Hartung was born in Aachen, but his parents moved to Dormagen when he was two years old. He took up fencing when he was eight. He was quickly discovered by Vilmoș Szabo, head coach of TSV Dormagen.[2]

Hartung was Junior World Champion in Belfast in 2009. He joined the national team and won with them a bronze medal at the 2010 European Championships in Leipzig. In 2011 he climbed his first podium in the Fencing World Cup with a bronze medal in Padua. The same year, he earned a bronze medal at the European Championships in Sheffield after being beaten by Russia's Aleksey Yakimenko in the semi-finals. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed in the Men's sabre, but was defeated in the quarter-finals by Hungarian Áron Szilágyi,[3] who later won the gold medal in that event. Hartung finished the 2011–12 season No.13 in World rankings, his personal best as of 2014.

Hartung reached the quarter-finals again at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, where he was stopped by Veniamin Reshetnikov of Russia, as well as at the 2014 World Championships in Kazan, where he was defeated by Romania's Tiberiu Dolniceanu. In the team event of the same competition, Germany overcame China, then the United States and hosts Russia. Hartung, Nicolas Limbach, Benedikt Wagner and Matyas Szabo prevailed over Olympic champions South Korea to win Germany's first World title in men's sabre.[4]

At the 2016 Olympics, having beaten Yemi Apithy in the last 32 , he encountered Daryl Homer, the eventual silver medalist, in the last 16, losing 15-12.[5]

Hartung studies sociology, politics and economy at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen.[2]


  1. ^ Archived 2012-08-01 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Giuseppe Torremante (8 August 2014). "Gold belohnt den Spagat".
  3. ^ "Men's Individual Sabre Results". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Dormagener Säbelfechter holen Gold" (in German). Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. 22 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Rio 2016 - Men's Sabre". Archived from the original on 22 September 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Profile at the European Fencing Confederation