European Fencing Championships

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The European Fencing Championships is an annual top-level European fencing competition organized by the European Fencing Confederation.

History[edit]

The first competition bearing the name of "European Fencing Championships" was held in Paris in 1921. The International Fencing Federation (FIE) comprised only European federations at the time, with the exception of the United States. In 1936, on the 25th anniversary of the FIE and at the request of the Italian federation, the FIE congress decided to open the European Championships to all countries and granted retroactive recognition of the European Championships as World Championships.[1]

After 1937 the FIE focused on the organisation of the World Fencing Championships. Demand for European Championships appeared at the 1979 congress, but it was rejected on the ground that they would either belittle the World Championships or offer a poor fencing level. The question was put forth again the following year by the Yugoslav federation, with the support of the Italian federation, which offered to organize the first competition. The congress agreed to authorize such championships, on the condition that they would be held only when the World Championships were organized in a non-European country. The first edition took place in Foggia, Italy on 11 and 12 November 1981. They proved to cause no interference with the 1981 World Championships and the restriction was lifted.[2]

Formula[edit]

Contrary to the World Championships and the World Cup, no exemption is granted to Top 16 fencers: all fence a round of pools, which eliminates 20% to 30% of participants. The remaining fencers compete in a direct elimination table.

Editions[edit]

Editions of European Fencing Championships
Number Edition City Country Events
1 1981 Foggia  Italy 4
2 1982 Mödling  Austria 4
3 1983 Lisbon  Portugal 4
4 1991 Vienna  Austria 10
5 1992 Lisbon  Portugal 5
6 1993 Linz  Austria 5
7 1994 Kraków  Poland 5
8 1995 Keszthely  Hungary 5
9 1996 Limoges  France 5
10 1997 Gdańsk  Poland 5
11 1998 Plovdiv  Bulgaria 10
12 1999 Bolzano  Italy 11
13 2000 Funchal  Portugal 12
14 2001 Koblenz  Germany 12
15 2002 Moscow  Russia 12
16 2003 Bourges  France 12
17 2004 Copenhagen  Denmark 12
18 2005 Zalaegerszeg  Hungary 12
19 2006 İzmir  Turkey 12
20 2007 Ghent  Belgium 12
21 2008 Kiev  Ukraine 12
22 2009 Plovdiv  Bulgaria 12
23 2010 Leipzig  Germany 12
24 2011 Sheffield  United Kingdom 12
25 2012 Legnano  Italy 12
26 2013 Zagreb  Croatia 12
27 2014 Strasbourg  France 12
28 2015 Montreux   Switzerland 12
29 2016 Toruń  Poland 12
30 2017 Tbilissi  Georgia 12
31 2018 Novi Sad  Serbia 12
32 2019 Düsseldorf  Germany 12
33 2020 Minsk  Belarus 12

Medal table[edit]

as of Novi Sad 2018.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia (RUS)726366201
2 Italy (ITA)674675188
3 France (FRA)333856127
4 Germany (GER)333054117
5 Hungary (HUN)323248112
6 Romania (ROU)16162658
7 Poland (POL)15244079
8 Ukraine (UKR)12163058
9  Switzerland (SUI)75921
10 Estonia (EST)39921
11 Austria (AUT)351018
12 Belarus (BLR)2259
13 Spain (ESP)2248
14 Great Britain (GBR)13812
15 Portugal (POR)1124
16 Azerbaijan (AZE)1034
17 Georgia (GEO)1023
18 Greece (GRE)0325
19 Bulgaria (BUL)0213
20 Belgium (BEL)0202
21 Sweden (SWE)0156
22 Netherlands (NED)0112
23 Czech Republic (CZE)0022
 Czechoslovakia (TCH)0022
25 Israel (ISR)0011
Totals (25 nations)3013014611063

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Ottogalli, Cécile; Six, Gérard; Terret, Thierry (2013). L'Histoire de l'escrime. 1913–2013, un siècle de Fédération internationale d'escrime. Biarritz: Atlantica. ISBN 978-2-7588-0485-7. FIE100.

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