Siegfried Flesch

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Siegfried Flesch
Siegfried Friedrich Flesch 1902.jpg
Flesch in 1902
Medal record
Men's fencing
Representing  Austrian Empire
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1900 Paris Sabre

Siegfried "Fritz" Flesch (March 11, 1872 – August 11, 1939) was an Austrian sabre fencer who competed in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Flesch was Jewish.[1]

Olympic fencing career[edit]

Born in Brno, Flesch was 27 years old when he came second in the Austrian sabre championships in 1899,[2] the next year he competed for Austria at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, in the first round of the sabre event he was one of the sixteen fencers to qualify to the next round,[3] there he finished third out of a group of eight fencers so qualified for the final pool.[4] In the final pool of eight fencers Flesch won four of his seven matches to finish in third place for the bronze medal,[5] thus becoming the first Jewish fencer to win an Olympic fencing medal.[6]

He returned to Olympic competition at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, now aged 36 years old he again participated in the sabre event.[2] In his first round he won his pool after winning all five match ups, unfortunately in the second pool of matches he could only win one against the other four fencers in his pool so was eliminated and was ranked 24th overall in the event.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics – With a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medalists. Sussex Academic Press.
  2. ^ a b "Fritz Flesch". Olympics at Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Men's Sabre, Individual Round One". Olympics at Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Men's Sabre, Individual Semi-Finals". Olympics at Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Men's Sabre, Individual Final Pool". Olympics at Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Herzl, Swords and the Nazi Salute: The Curious History of Jewish Fencers". 31 Jan 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Men's Sabre, Individual Round Two". Olympics at Retrieved 10 October 2017.

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