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 and hosts[edit]

Eilat, Israel, was chosen to host of the European Fencing Confederation Under-23 Championships in 2018.[3]

Medal table[edit]

as of Tbilisi 2017.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Italy 63 36 68 167
2  Russia 57 55 56 168
3  Hungary 28 31 42 101
4  Germany 28 29 48 105
5  France 26 28 46 99
6  Poland 15 22 37 74
7  Romania 13 14 24 51
8  Ukraine 10 15 22 47
9   Switzerland 7 2 7 16
10  Austria 3 5 10 18
11  Estonia 2 7 7 16
12  Belarus 2 3 4 9
13  Spain 2 2 4 7
14  Great Britain 1 1 6 8
15  Portugal 1 1 2 4
16  Azerbaijan 1 0 3 4
17  Georgia 1 0 1 2
18  Greece 0 2 3 5
19  Bulgaria 0 2 1 3
20  Belgium 0 2 0 2
21  Netherlands 0 1 1 2
22  Sweden 0 0 5 5
23  Czechoslovakia 0 0 2 2
24  Czech Republic 0 0 1 1
25  Israel 0 0 1 1
Total 258 256 401 915

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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