Netter, Claude : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Netter, Claude

Sport:
fencing

Country Represented:
France

Years Competed:
1952, 1956, 1960

Medals Received:
gold, silver

Olympic Info:
Netter was one of France's top fencers in the 1950s and competed in three Olympiads for the French foil team, winning two medals. At the 1952 Helsinki Games, Netter competed in the team foil event and helped France advance to the final round. The French team then defeated Egypt (15-1), Hungary (12-4), and Italy (8-6) to win the gold medal.

At the 1956 Melbourne Games, Netter competed in both the team and individual foil events and advanced to the finals in both competitions. In the individual competition, Netter placed sixth overall, winning three of his seven matches in the final pool. In the team competition, he won his second Olympic medal when the French team advanced to the finals and then defeated the United States and Hungary to capture the silver (they lost to Italy in the gold medal match).

Netter completed his Olympic career at the 1960 Rome Games when he fenced exclusively in the team foil competition. France advanced to the final round, but lost to Germany on a fence-off after the two teams tied 8-8 in the initial match; France officially finished in fifth place.

Career Highlights:
Netter was the French national foil champion in 1952, and was a member of the French team that won the gold medal at the World Championships in 1951 and 1953. In 1959, he won the silver medal at the World Championships in the individual foil competition.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. Oct. 23, 1924

Origin:
Paris, France



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References:
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, July 21-August 2, 1952
New York Times, November 23-December 8, 1956
New York Times, August 23-September 9, 1960


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