1956, 1960, 1964
A three-time member of the French Olympic epee team, Dreyfus won two medals during his Olympic career. Competing exclusively in the team event at the 1956 Melbourne Games, Dreyfus helped France eliminate Luxembourg in the first round and then advance to the final round. In the finals, Dreyfus and the French lost to Hungary and Italy, but defeated Great Britain in the third place match to win the bronze medal (one of the British fencers was Allan Jay).
Four years later in Rome, Dreyfus competed in both the team and individual events, but did not medal in either competition. In the team epee, the French were eliminated in the second round by Switzerland, but Dreyfus reached the final in the individual event. He won his pool in the first round, survived a fence-off (elimination match) in the second round, and advanced through the quarterfinals and semifinals without much difficulty. In the final, he finished in sixth place while French teammate Armand Mouyal finished in seventh (American Albert Axelrod won the bronze medal).
Dreyfus' last Olympic appearance was in 1964 at the Tokyo Games, where he won another bronze medal as a member of France's epee team. He also competed in the individual competition, advancing to the second round, but was then eliminated after winning only two matches in his pool.
Dreyfus won the French national epee championship in 1964. He also won the gold medal in the individual epee event at the 1961 Maccabiah Games, then won both the gold medal in the team and individual epee events at the 1977 Maccabiah Games.
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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, November 23-December 8, 1956
New York Times, August 27-September 9, 1960
New York Times, October 11-October 25, 1964