Ivan Lund (fencing) is one of Australia’s greatest fencers. Lund carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony of the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, and at the 1962 Games in Perth he read the athletes’ oath. Fencing was held at six editions of the Games from 1950 to 1970 where Australia won three gold medals during this time, Lund was a part of all three. Winning the men’s épée gold in Vancouver in 1954 and Perth in 1962, Lund was a member of Australia’s first fencing team gold when the men’s épée team won in Auckland in 1950. Across four Games, Lund won 13 medals – three gold, six silver and four bronze in foil, épée and sabre events, his 13 medal career haul was the best by an Australian at the Games until surpassed by Michael Wenden in 1974. Lund’s heavy involvement in fencing continued in retirement, becoming a section manager of the fencing team at the 1966 Games in Kingston and in the headquarters administration at the 1970 Edinburgh and 1974 Christchurch Games. Also representing Australia at four Olympic Games, Lung was flag bearer at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Ivan Lund was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1986.
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