Fencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Qualification

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Qualifying Criteria[edit]

An NOC may enter up to 3 athletes per weapon (épée, foil, or sabre) for the weapons in which there is a team event and up to 2 athletes per weapon for other weapons.

For each team event there will be 8 qualified teams plus a team from the Host Nation if applicable. The teams will qualify as follows:

  • Fédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE) Official Team Ranking as of March 31, 2008 (best 4 teams)
  • Highest ranked team from each zone (America, Europe, Asia/Oceania, Africa) outside top 4 in FIE Team Ranking (4 teams)

For each individual event (weapons which have a team event) there will be 39 qualified athletes as follows:

  • All athletes qualified for team competition (24 athletes)
  • The 3 highest ranked athletes in the FIE Individual adjusted official ranking (AOR) (3 athletes)
  • The 7 highest ranked athletes from FIE Individual AOR by zone (Europe 2, America 2, Asia/Oceania 2, Africa 1) - 1 per NOC
  • The 5 highest ranked athletes from zonal qualifying events (Europe 2, America 1, Asia/Oceania 1, Africa 1) - 1 per NOC

For the remaining individual events there will be 24 qualified athletes as follows:

  • The first 8 from the FIE Individual Ranking
  • The first 8 from the FIE Individual AOR by zone (Europe 3, America 2, Asia/Oceania 2, Africa 1) - 1 athlete per country
  • The first 8 from zonal qualifying events (Europe 3, America 2, Asia/Oceania 2, Africa 1) - 1 per NOC, open only for NOCs not qualified as mentioned above

Summary[edit]

Nation Men Women Total
Individual Team Individual Team
Épée Foil Sabre Épée Sabre Épée Foil Sabre Foil Sabre
 Algeria 1 1 2
 Argentina 1 1
 Australia 1 1 2
 Austria 1 1
 Belarus 3 X 3
 Brazil 1 1 2
 Burkina Faso 1 1
 Canada 1 1 1 1 1 3 X 8
 Chile 1 1
 China 3 2 3 X X 2 3 3 X X 16
 Cuba 1 1 2
 Egypt 1 1 3 X 1 3 X 9
 Estonia 1 1
 France 3 2 3 X X 2 1 3 X 14
 Germany 2 1 2 3 1 X 9
 Great Britain 1 1 1 3
 Hong Kong 1 1 1 3
 Hungary 3 3 X X 2 3 1 X 12
 Ireland 1 1
 Israel 1 1 1 3
 Italy 3 2 3 X X 3 2 X 13
 Japan 1 2 1 1 1 1 7
 Kyrgyzstan 1 1
 Mexico 1 1
 Morocco 1 1 2
 Netherlands 1 1 2
 Norway 1 1
 Panama 1 1
 Peru 1 1
 Poland 3 1 1 X 3 3 X X 11
 Portugal 1 1 2
 Qatar 1 1
 Romania 1 2 1 1 5
 Russia 1 3 X 2 3 3 X X 12
 Senegal 2 1 3
 South Africa 3 X 3 X 6
 South Korea 3 1 1 X 1 2 2 10
 Spain 1 1 2 1 5
 Sweden 1 1
 Switzerland 1 1 2
 Thailand 1 1 2
 Tunisia 1 1 2
 Ukraine 3 X 1 1 3 X 8
 United States 1 1 3 X 1 3 3 X X 12
 Venezuela 3 1 X 1 1 1 7
Total: 45 NOCs 41 26 40 9 8 25 41 39 8 8 212

Men[edit]

Épée[edit]

Team Competition:

The first four teams in the FIE team ranking:

The highest-ranked team from each zone:

Invitational:

^ China received two additional places for team event.

Individual Competition Date Venue Vacancies Qualified
Team world ranking March 31, 2008 - 26 All athletes qualified for team event
Individual world ranking March 31, 2008 - 3 Spain José Luis Abajo
Netherlands Bas Verwijlen
Portugal Joaquim Videira
Individual world ranking (Africa) March 31, 2008 - 1 Egypt Ahmed Nabil
Individual world ranking (Asia-Oceania) March 31, 2008 - 2 China Wang Lei
Japan Shogo Nishida
Individual world ranking (America) March 31, 2008 - 2 United States Weston Kelsey
Canada Igor Tikhomirov
Individual world ranking (Europe) March 31, 2008 - 2 Switzerland Michael Kauter
Russia Anton Avdeev
African qualifying event April 25, 2008 Morocco Casablanca 1 Morocco Aissam Rami
Asian-Oceania qualifying event April 22–23, 2008 Thailand Bangkok 1 Kyrgyzstan Serguei Katchiourine
American qualifying event April 26–27, 2008 Mexico Querétaro 1 Chile Paris Inostroza
European qualifying event April 26, 2008 Czech Republic Prague 2 Estonia Nikolai Novosjolov
Norway Sturla Torkildsen
TOTAL 41

Foil[edit]

Individual Competition Date Venue Vacancies Qualified
Individual world ranking March 31, 2008 - 8 Germany Peter Joppich
Italy Salvatore Sanzo
Italy Andrea Cassarà
France Erwann Le Péchoux
Germany Benjamin Kleibrink
Japan Yuki Ota
China Lei Sheng
China Zhu Jun
Individual world ranking (Africa) March 31, 2008 - 1 Egypt Mostafa Nagaty
Individual world ranking (Asia-Oceania) March 31, 2008 - 2 South Korea Choi Byung-chul
Japan Kenta Chida
Individual world ranking (America) March 31, 2008 - 2 United States Gerek Meinhardt
Canada Josh McGuire
Individual world ranking (Europe) March 31, 2008 - 3 Israel Tomer Or
Poland Sławomir Mocek
France Brice Guyart
African qualifying event April 25, 2008 Morocco Casablanca 1 Morocco Xavier Ali
Asian-Oceania qualifying event April 22–23, 2008 Thailand Bangkok 2 Thailand Nontapat Panchan
Hong Kong Lau Kwok Kin
American qualifying event April 26–27, 2008 Mexico Querétaro 2 Brazil João Souza
Argentina Alberto Viaggio
European qualifying event April 26, 2008 Portugal Lisbon 3 Spain Javier Menendez
Austria Roland Schlosser
Romania Virgil Sălișcan
Invitational/Host Nation* - - 2 Qatar Khalid Al-Hamadi
United Kingdom Richard Kruse
TOTAL 26

Sabre[edit]

Team Competition:

The first four teams in the FIE team ranking:

The highest-ranked team from each zone:

Individual Competition Date Venue Vacancies Qualified
Team world ranking March 31, 2008 - 24 All athletes qualified for team event
Individual world ranking March 31, 2008 - 3 Germany Nicolas Limbach
Romania Mihai Covaliu
Spain Jorge Pina
Individual world ranking (Africa) March 31, 2008 - 1 Senegal Abdulaye Thiam
Individual world ranking (Asia-Oceania) March 31, 2008 - 2 South Korea Oh Eun-Seok
Thailand Wiradech Kothny
Individual world ranking (America) March 31, 2008 - 2 Venezuela Carlos Bravo
Brazil Renzo Pasquale Agresta
Individual world ranking (Europe) March 31, 2008 - 2 Spain Jaime Martí
Romania Rareș Dumitrescu
African qualifying event April 25, 2008 Morocco Casablanca 1 Senegal Mamadou Keita
Asian-Oceania qualifying event April 22–23, 2008 Thailand Bangkok 1 Japan Satoshi Ogawa
American qualifying event April 26–27, 2008 Mexico Querétaro 1 Canada Philippe Beaudry
European qualifying event April 26, 2008 Turkey Istanbul 2 Poland Marcin Koniusz
United Kingdom Alex O'Connell
Invitational/Host Nation* - - 1 Burkina Faso Julien Ouedraogo
TOTAL 40

Women[edit]

Épée[edit]

Individual Competition Date Venue Vacancies Qualified
Individual world ranking March 31, 2008 - 8 China Li Na
Germany Britta Heidemann
Hungary Emese Szász
France Laura Flessel-Colovic
France Hajnalka Kiraly-Picot
Russia Tatiana Logunova
China Zhong Weiping
Germany Imke Duplitzer
Individual world ranking (Africa) March 31, 2008 - 1 Egypt Aya El Sayed
Individual world ranking (Asia-Oceania) March 31, 2008 - 2 South Korea Jung Hyo-Jung
Australia Amber Parkinson
Individual world ranking (America) March 31, 2008 - 2 Canada Sherraine Schalm
United States Kelley Hurley
Individual world ranking (Europe) March 31, 2008 - 3 Hungary Ildikó Mincza-Nébald
Romania Ana Maria Brânză
Russia Lyubov Shutova
African qualifying event April 25, 2008 Morocco Casablanca 1 Algeria Hadia Bentaleb
Asian-Oceania qualifying event April 22–23, 2008 Thailand Bangkok 2 Japan Megumi Harada
Hong Kong Yeung Chui Ling
American qualifying event April 26–27, 2008 Mexico Querétaro 2 Panama Jesica Jimenez Luna
Venezuela María Martínez
European qualifying event April 26, 2008 Czech Republic Prague 3 Ukraine Yana Shemyakina
Israel Noam Mills
Switzerland Sophie Lamon
Invitational/Host Nation* - - 1 Sweden Emma Samuelsson
TOTAL 25

Foil[edit]

Team Competition:

The first four teams in the FIE team ranking:

The highest-ranked team from each zone:

Individual Competition Date Venue Vacancies Qualified
Team world ranking March 31, 2008 - 24 All athletes qualified for team event
Individual world ranking March 31, 2008 - 3 South Korea Nam Hyun-hee
Romania Cristina Stahl
Israel Delila Hatuel
Individual world ranking (Africa) March 31, 2008 - 1 Tunisia Ines Boubakri
Individual world ranking (Asia-Oceania) March 31, 2008 - 2 Japan Chieko Sugawara
South Korea Jung Gil-ok
Individual world ranking (America) March 31, 2008 - 2 Venezuela Mariana Gonzalez
Canada Jujie Luan
Individual world ranking (Europe) March 31, 2008 - 2 France Corrine Maitrejean
Ukraine Olga Leleyko
African qualifying event April 25, 2008 Morocco Casablanca 1 Algeria Anissa Khelfaoui
Asian-Oceania qualifying event April 22–23, 2008 Thailand Bangkok 1 Australia Joanna Halls
American qualifying event April 26–27, 2008 Mexico Querétaro 1 Cuba Misleydis Campany
European qualifying event April 26, 2008 Portugal Lisbon 2 Portugal Debora Nogueira
United Kingdom Martina Emanuel
Invitational/Host Nation* - - 2 Peru Maria Luisa Doig
Netherlands Indra Angad-Gaur
TOTAL 41

Sabre[edit]

Team Competition:

The first four teams in the FIE team ranking:

The highest-ranked team from each zone:

Individual Competition Date Venue Vacancies Qualified
Team world ranking March 31, 2008 - 24 All athletes qualified for team event
Individual world ranking March 31, 2008 - 3 Italy Gioia Marzocca
South Korea Kim Keum-hwa
Hungary Orsolya Nagy
Individual world ranking (Africa) March 31, 2008 - 1 Tunisia Azza Besbes
Individual world ranking (Asia-Oceania) March 31, 2008 - 2 South Korea Lee Shin-mi
Hong Kong Chow Tsz Ki
Individual world ranking (America) March 31, 2008 - 2 Venezuela Alejandra Benítez
Mexico Angelica Larios
Individual world ranking (Europe) March 31, 2008 - 2 Italy Ilaria Bianco
Germany Alexandra Bujdoso
African qualifying event April 25, 2008 Morocco Casablanca 1 Senegal Nafi Toure
Asian-Oceania qualifying event April 22–23, 2008 Thailand Bangkok 1 Japan Madoka Hisagae
American qualifying event April 26–27, 2008 Mexico Querétaro 1 Cuba Maylin Gonzalez Pozo
European qualifying event April 26, 2008 Turkey Istanbul 2 Spain Araceli Navarro
Republic of Ireland Siobhan Byrne
TOTAL 39

* The host country will have the right to enter 8 fencers, to be distributed between team and individual events as it sees fit: thus, it could enter teams, or have no team and select for only the individual events. Any places unused by the host country of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing will be reallocated by the Tripartite Commission (IOC, NOC, FIE)

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