Fencing at the Summer Olympics

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Fencing at the Summer Olympics
Fencing pictogram.svg
Governing body FIE
Events 10 (men: 5; women: 5)
Games
1896 1900 1904 1908 1912 1920
1924 1928 1932 1936 1948 1952
1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976
1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000
2004 2008 2012 2016
Medalists (men • women)

Fencing has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since the birth of the modern Olympic movement at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. Women's foil made its Olympic debut in Paris, during the 1924 Olympic Games. There are three forms of Olympic fencing:

  • Foil — a light thrusting weapon; the valid target is restricted to the torso; double touches are not allowed.
  • Épée — a heavy thrusting weapon; the valid target area covers the entire body; double touches are allowed.
  • Sabre — a light cutting and thrusting weapon; the valid target area includes almost everything above the waist (excluding the back of the head and the hands); double touches are not allowed.

Events[edit]

Men's[edit]

Event 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 Years
Foil, Individual 26
Foil, Masters 2
Foil, Team 22
Épée, Individual 26
Épée, Masters 1
Épée, Team 23
Sabre, Individual 27
Sabre, Masters 1
Sabre, Team 24
Amateurs-masters épée 1
Singlestick 1
Total Events 3 7 5 4 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5

Women's[edit]

Event 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 Years
Foil, Individual 21
Foil, Team 13
Épée, Individual 5
Épée, Team 4
Sabre, Individual 3
Sabre, Team 1
Total Events 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 5 5

Nations[edit]

Numbers indicate the number of fencers each nation sent to that Olympics.

Nation 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 Years
 Algeria (ALG) - - - - - - -
 Argentina (ARG) - 1 - - - - 13
 Australia (AUS) - - - - - - -
 Austria (AUT) 1 9 - 1 12 - 15
 Belarus (BLR) - - - - - - -
 Belgium (BEL) - 5 - 18 12 22 19
 Bohemia (BOH) - - - 7 13 - -
 Brazil (BRA) - - - - - - -
 Burkina Faso (BUR) - - - - - - -
 Canada (CAN) - - - 1 - - -
 Chile (CHI) - - - - - - 1
 China (CHN) - - - - - - -
 Cuba (CUB) - 1 2 - - - 6
 Czechoslovakia (TCH) - - - - - 9 7
 Denmark (DEN) 1 1 - 8 6 8 11
 Egypt (EGY) - - - - - 1 3
 Estonia (EST) - - - - - - -
 France (FRA) 4 24 - 22 - 18 24
 Germany (GER) - 2 1 10 15 - -
 Great Britain (GBR) - 1 - 23 22 18 20
 Greece (GRE) 9 - - - 6 3 6
 Haiti (HAI) - 1 - - - - -
 Hong Kong (HKG) - - - - - - -
 Hungary (HUN) - 7 - 8 13 - 10
 Iran (IRI) - 1 - - - - -
 Ireland (IRL) - - - - - - -
 Israel (ISR) - - - - - - -
 Italy (ITA) - 12 - 11 9 19 19
 Japan (JPN) - - - - - - -
 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) - - - - - - -
 Mexico (MEX) - - - - - - -
 Morocco (MAR) - - - - - - -
 Netherlands (NED) - 1 - 13 12 10 17
 Norway (NOR) - - - 1 7 - 4
 Panama (PAN) - - - - - - -
 Peru (PER) - 1 - - - - -
 Poland (POL) - - - - - 5 7
 Portugal (POR) - - - - 1 8 10
 Qatar (QAT) - - - - - - -
 Romania (ROU) - - - - - - -
 Russia (RUS) - 2 - - 24 - -
 Senegal (SEN) - - - - - - -
 South Africa (RSA) - - - 1 1 - -
 Spain (ESP) - 1 - - - - 13
 Sweden (SWE) - 1 - 7 18 8 9
 Switzerland (SUI) - 3 - - - 8 10
 Thailand (THA) - - - - - - -
 Tunisia (TUN) - - - - - - -
 Turkey (TUR) - - - - - - 1
 Ukraine (UKR) - - - - - - -
 United States (USA) - 2 8 - 13 17 21
 Uruguay (URU) - - - - - - 6
 Venezuela (VEN) - - - - - - -
Nations 4 19 3 14 16 13 23
Fencers 15 76 11 131 184 149 240

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Italy (ITA) 48 40 33 121
2  France (FRA) 41 40 34 115
3  Hungary (HUN) 35 22 26 83
4  Soviet Union (URS) 18 15 16 49
5  Russia (RUS) 9 4 6 19
6  West Germany (FRG) 7 8 1 16
7  Germany (GER) 6 8 11 25
8  Cuba (CUB) 5 5 6 16
9  Poland (POL) 4 9 9 22
10  China (CHN) 4 6 2 12
11  Romania (ROU) 3 5 7 15
12  Belgium (BEL) 3 3 4 10
13  South Korea (KOR) 3 2 4 9
14  United States (USA) 2 7 12 21
15  Sweden (SWE) 2 3 2 7
16  Greece (GRE) 2 1 1 4
17  Ukraine (UKR) 2 0 2 4
18  Great Britain (GBR) 1 8 0 9
19  Switzerland (SUI) 1 4 3 8
20  Denmark (DEN) 1 2 3 6
21  Unified Team (EUN) 1 2 2 5
22  Austria (AUT) 1 1 5 7
23  Unified Team of Germany (EUA) 1 1 2 4
24  Mixed team (ZZX) 1 0 0 1
24  Venezuela (VEN) 1 0 0 1
25  Japan (JPN) 0 2 0 2
26  Egypt (EGY) 0 1 0 1
26  Norway (NOR) 0 1 0 1
26  East Germany (GDR) 0 1 0 1
26  Mexico (MEX) 0 1 0 1
27  Netherlands (NED) 0 0 5 5
28  Bohemia (BOH) 0 0 2 2
29  Argentina (ARG) 0 0 1 1
29  Portugal (POR) 0 0 1 1
29  Spain (ESP) 0 0 1 1
Total 201 201 199 601

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Fencing". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 16 January 2007.