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Fencing

Games Debut

Helsinki 1952

Most Games Appearances

Gregory Benko - 4 Games

Ivan Lund - 4 Games

Events

Fencing Mens Individual Epée

Fencing Mens Individual Foil

Fencing Mens Individual Sabre

Fencing Mens Team Epée

Fencing Mens Team Foil

Fencing Mens Team Sabre

Fencing Womens Individual Epée

Fencing Womens Individual Foil

Fencing Womens Team Foil

 

Australia and Olympic Fencing

Australia has not yet won a fencing medal at the Olympics. The best-placed athlete has been Greg Benko, who finished sixth in the individual foil at Montreal 1976.

More recently, the men's epée team placed eighth at Sydney 2000 and Evelyn Halls finished 12th in women's epée at Athens 2004.

 

Ivan Lund, a four-time Olympic fencer, carried the Australian flag at the Tokyo 1964 Opening Ceremony.

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Australia has not qualified a fencing athlete since Beijing 2008 where Jo Halls and Amber Parkinson were the nation's two representatives. 

Olympic History

Fencing has been featured in every modern Olympic Games since 1896, known as the Games of the I Olympiad, starting with the individual men's foil and sabre. Women's individual foil was added at the Paris 1924 Games, women's individual épée was added at the Atlanta 1996 Games and women's individual sabre was added at the Athens 2004 Games. In the Tokyo 2020 Games, all 12 events (foil/épée/sabre, women/men, individual/team) will be held officially.

Sport Format

Two competitors, each holding a weapon in one hand, face each other to strike their opponent on a valid target area of the body. There are three different events: foil, épée, and sabre. Weapons, target area and priority rules differ among those events. A conductive floor panel known as a ‘piste’ constitutes the fencing competition surface.

Individual events in foil and épée are contested over three periods of three minutes (or until time runs out), with the winner being either the first to reach 15 points or whomever has the most points after the three rounds are complete. In the case of a tie, the match goes to sudden-death overtime. In sabre, two periods are held with a break taking place when the first fencer reaches eight points.

Team tournaments involve three members (and one reserve member) competing in a round-robin format with each athlete on each team fencing one another one at a time. This means a total of nine sets of three-minute rounds are held (each to a maximum of five points), with one team declared the winner after scoring a total of 45 points or having the highest score after nine rounds finish.

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Sport Snapshot

 

One Minute, One Sport | Fencing

Video courtesy of tokyo2020.org / olympicchannel.com 

 

Fencing Olympic Merchandise

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