Ivan Lund

1929 – 1992

Ivan Lund, from New South Wales, was a member of the first four fencing teams to represent Australia at the Olympic Games. He competed at Helsinki 1952, Melbourne 1956, Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964. He was the dominant fencer in Australia during the 1950s, winning numerous state and national championships, and gained an impressive record when competing at four British Empire and Commonwealth Games where he won 13 medals, including three golds. 

At Helsinki, he competed in the individual and team events in the three fencing disciplines, epee, foil and sabre. By Melbourne, he wound his program back to the epee individual and team competitions. At Rome, he fenced in the individual foil and team epee events. His final Olympics was at Tokyo, where he was the Australian flagbearer at the opening ceremony before winding up his time as a competitor in the epee and foil individual and team events. 

His best performances across the four Olympics were progressing to the quarter finals in the individual epee at Helsinki and Melbourne. In 1986, Ivan Lund was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. He remains the only fencer to be accorded that honour.

Olympic Results

Tokyo 1964 - Summer Olympic Games

Epee Individual - Men
Round 1 (6th)
Epee Team - Men
Round 1 (3rd)
Foil Individual - Men
Round 1 (6th)
Foil Team - Men
Round 1 (4th)

Rome 1960 - Summer Olympic Games

Epee Team - Men
Round 1 (3rd)
Foil Individual - Men
Round 1 (3rd)

Melbourne 1956 - Summer Olympic Games

Epee Individual - Men
Round 1 (3rd)
Quarter Final (6th)
Final Placing 25 / 40
Epee Team - Men
Round 1 Defeated by ITA
Round 1 Defeated by GBR and Northern Ireland
Final Placing 10 / 11

Helsinki 1952 - Summer Olympic Games

Epee Individual - Men
Round 1 (1st)
Quarter Final (8th)
Final Placing 40 / 76
Epee Team - Men
Round 1 Defeated by FIN; Defeated by LUX
Final Placing 18 / 19
Foil Individual - Men
Round 1 (5th)
Final Placing 43 / 61
Foil Team - Men
Round 1 Defeated by SWE; Defeated by FRA
Final Placing 15 / 15
Sabre Individual - Men
Round 1 (8th)
Final Placing 64 / 66
Sabre Team - Men
Round 1 Defeated by DEN; Defeated by EGY
Final Placing 18 / 19