Fencing at the Summer Olympics

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Fencing at the Summer Olympics
Fencing pictogram.svg
Governing bodyFIE
Events12 (men: 6; women: 6)
Games

Fencing has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since the birth of the modern Olympic movement at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. 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.

Summary[edit]

Games Year Events Best Nation
1 1896 3  Greece
2 1900 7  France
3 1904 5  Cuba
4 1908 4  France
5 1912 5  Hungary
6
7 1920 6  Italy
8 1924 7  France
9 1928 7  France
10 1932 7  Italy
11 1936 7  Italy
12
13
14 1948 7  France
15 1952 7  Italy
16 1956 7  Italy
17 1960 8  Soviet Union
18 1964 8  Hungary
19 1968 8  Soviet Union
20 1972 8  Hungary
Games Year Events Best Nation
21 1976 8  Soviet Union
22 1980 8  France
23 1984 8  Italy
24 1988 8  West Germany
25 1992 8  Germany
26 1996 10  Russia
27 2000 10  Italy
28 2004 10  Italy
29 2008 10  France
30 2012 10  Italy
31 2016 10  Russia
32 2020 12  ROC

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 16 20 Years
Foil, Individual X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 28
Foil, Team X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 24
Épée, Individual X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 28
Épée, Team X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 25
Sabre, Individual X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 29
Sabre, Team X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 25
Total 2 3 4 4 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 6

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 16 20 Years
Foil, Individual X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 23
Foil, Team X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14
Épée, Individual X X X X X X X 7
Épée, Team X X X X X X 6
Sabre, Individual X X X X X 5
Sabre, Team X X X 3
Total 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 5 6

Past events[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 16 20 Years
Épée, Masters X 1
Foil, Masters X X 2
Sabre, Masters X 1
Amateurs-masters épée X 1
Singlestick X 1
Total 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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 16 20 Years
 Algeria (ALG) 1 2 2 7 2 2 2 7
 Argentina (ARG) 1 13 9 5 11 19 11 1 6 11 10 5 7 10 2 5 4 3 1 1 1 2 21
 Aruba (ARU) 1 1
 Australia (AUS) 6 21 11 18 5 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 7 3 2 15
 Austria (AUT) 1 8 1 12 5 6 1 15 7 8 1 9 5 5 13 5 8 5 5 3 6 2 1 1 1 25
 Azerbaijan (AZE) 1 1 1 1 4
 Bahrain (BRN) 4 1
 Belarus (BLR) 1 4 2 3 4 1 6
 Belgium (BEL) 5 18 11 22 19 21 7 20 18 14 6 15 2 3 1 4 3 4 2 1 1 21
 Benin (BEN) 1 1
 Bohemia (BOH) 7 13 2
 Bolivia (BOL) 1 1 1 3
 Brazil (BRA) 6 7 5 4 1 4 4 1 3 2 3 13 12
 Bulgaria (BUL) 2 1 2 5 5 5 5 3 1 1 10
 Burkina Faso (BUR) 1 1
 Canada (CAN) 1 5 8 6 2 1 1 3 5 6 13 15 18 16 7 4 6 9 5 5 20
 Chile (CHI) 1 6 7 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 11
 China (CHN) 18 15 15 9 13 19 20 16 11 9
 Chinese Taipei (TPE) 2 2 1 3
 Colombia (COL) 2 6 2 5 5 2 2 2 1 1 2 11
 Republic of the Congo (CGO) 1 1
 Costa Rica (CRC) 1 1 2
 Croatia (CRO) 1 1
 Cuba (CUB) 1 2 6 6 1 1 2 13 15 13 13 5 7 11 4 2 1 17
 Czech Republic (CZE) 1 2 2
 Czechoslovakia (TCH) 9 7 7 13 5 2 3 7 5 9
 Denmark (DEN) 1 1 8 6 8 11 10 7 9 15 12 1 1 6 1 1 1 17
 East Germany (GDR) 4 5 1 15 7 5
 Egypt (EGY) 1 3 8 6 9 8 5 4 6 2 1 5 9 10 12 7 16
 Estonia (EST) 2 6 4 1 1 5 6
 Finland (FIN) 2 6 11 2 6 1 4 5 1 1 10
 France (FRA) 4 211 22 18 24 20 11 19 21 21 18 21 20 20 19 18 16 20 19 20 15 16 19 15 13 15 26
 Georgia (GEO) 1 1 2
 Germany (GER) 1 1 10 16 13 2 16 9 20 15 18 12 9 14 4 15
 Great Britain (GBR) 3 1 23 22 18 20 19 3 18 19 17 9 18 13 17 19 21 11 20 13 15 2 3 2 3 12 3 27
 Greece (GRE) 9 7 3 6 5 8 6 3 1 1 1 9 1 2 14
 Guatemala (GUA) 3 1 2
 Haiti (HAI) 2 2 2
 Honduras (HON) 1 1
 Hong Kong (HKG) 2 4 5 7 3 3 3 6 3 8 10
 Hungary (HUN) 6 8 13 10 17 10 19 18 17 18 21 20 20 19 18 18 20 20 15 13 15 15 4 9 24
 Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA) 1 1
 India (IND) 1 1
 Indonesia (INA) 1 4 2 2 1 5
 Iran (IRI) 1 4 2 15 1 2 6
 Ireland (IRL) 5 4 6 2 4 1 1 1 8
 Israel (ISR) 2 2 1 4 1 3 1 1 3 1 10
 Italy (ITA) 8 11 9 19 19 18 14 16 19 18 19 20 20 19 19 21 14 20 20 20 16 17 12 16 19 14 26
 Ivory Coast (CIV) 1 1
 Japan (JPN) 1 1 5 15 5 5 8 9 10 6 4 4 5 7 10 6 16
 Jordan (JOR) 1 1 2
 Kazakhstan (KAZ) 1 5 3 1 4
 Kuwait (KUW) 4 9 9 8 1 1 1 1 8
 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) 1 1 2
 Latvia (LAT) 1 1
 Lebanon (LBN) 4 4 3 4 2 4 2 2 2 1 10
 Luxembourg (LUX) 6 4 4 10 2 1 5 2 1 9
 Malaysia (MAS) 1 1 2
 Mexico (MEX) 2 10 2 9 4 3 8 14 6 1 1 1 1 2 7 15
 Monaco (MON) 2 1 1 1 4
 Morocco (MAR) 7 1 2 2 1 5
 Netherlands (NED) 1 13 12 10 17 20 2 11 9 5 1 5 1 2 1 1 16
 Netherlands Antilles (AHO) 1 3 2
 New Zealand (NZL) 1 2 1 1 1 5
 Norway (NOR) 1 7 4 5 5 5 5 1 2 5 10 6 3 1 1 15
 Panama (PAN) 1 1 1 3
 Paraguay (PAR) 1 1 2 2 1 5
 Peru (PER) 1 3 1 1 1 5
 Philippines (PHI) 1 1 2
 Poland (POL) 5 6 6 11 7 13 6 21 15 20 20 18 18 18 20 11 10 3 13 8 4 21
 Portugal (POR) 1 8 10 7 5 6 10 9 4 1 3 4 1 1 1 2 16
 Puerto Rico (PUR) 1 1 2 4 2 1 1 7
 Qatar (QAT) 1 1
 Romania (ROU) 8 7 8 2 15 11 10 19 18 18 11 2 15 9 5 6 5 10 6 19
 Russia (RUS) 2 24 15 15 18 14 18 16 8
 Saar (SAA) 5 1
 Saudi Arabia (KSA) 7 1 1 3
 Senegal (SEN) 2 3 1 1 4
 Serbia and Montenegro (SCG) 1 1 2
 Singapore (SIN) 2 1
 South Africa (RSA) 1 1 5 3 7 5
 South Korea (KOR) 5 7 20 15 13 7 12 10 17 14 10
 South Vietnam (VNM) 1 1 2 1 4
 Soviet Union (URS) 16 20 21 20 20 20 18 18 20 9
 Spain (ESP) 1 13 9 11 4 2 8 17 11 4 1 5 12
 Sweden (SWE) 1 7 18 8 9 8 3 13 8 10 5 7 7 6 6 7 6 6 11 6 2 1 1 23
 Switzerland (SUI) 3 8 10 9 1 18 19 10 7 5 5 12 6 5 7 3 5 5 1 2 3 4 22
 Thailand (THA) 7 2 2 3
 Tunisia (TUN) 4 1 1 2 2 6 5 7
 Turkey (TUR) 1 4 7 6 4 2 1 7
 Ukraine (UKR) 6 10 10 10 8 10 6
 Unified Team (EUN) 20 1
 United Team of Germany (EUA) 1 19 19 3
 United Arab Republic (UAR) 6 1
 United States (USA) 3 7 13 17 21 16 21 22 20 20 18 21 18 20 19 19 20 19 16 15 8 15 13 20 14 25
 Uruguay (URU) 6 5 5 2 1 2 1 7
 Uzbekistan (UZB) 1 1 1 3
 Venezuela (VEN) 10 8 4 2 4 1 4 8 6 6 10
 Vietnam (VIE) 1 4 2
 Virgin Islands (ISV) 4 1
 Zambia (ZAM) 1 1
 Yugoslavia (YUG) 2 12 1 3
 West Germany (FRG) 20 19 16 20 20 5
Nations 4 19 3 14 16 13 23 27 16 29 30 32 23 42 30 34 37 34 20 32 42 42 46 40 42 45 44 48
Fencers 15 260 11 131 185 149 240 259 108 311 294 286 165 344 259 275 298 281 187 262 317 305 224 217 223 234 244 212
Year 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 16 20

Medal table[edit]

Accurate as of the conclusion of the 2020 Olympic Games

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Italy (ITA)494635130
2 France (FRA)444336123
3 Hungary (HUN)38242890
4 Soviet Union (URS)18151649
5 Russia (RUS)135826
6 West Germany (FRG)78116
7 Germany (GER)57921
8 China (CHN)57315
9 Cuba (CUB)55616
10 South Korea (KOR)53816
11 Poland (POL)49922
12 Romania (ROU)46717
13 United States (USA)391527
14 ROC3418
15 Belgium (BEL)33410
16 Sweden (SWE)2327
17 Ukraine (UKR)2147
18 Greece (GRE)2114
19 Great Britain (GBR)1809
20 Switzerland (SUI)1438
21 Denmark (DEN)1236
22 Unified Team (EUN)1225
23 Japan (JPN)1203
24 Austria (AUT)1157
25 United Team of Germany (EUA)1124
26 Estonia (EST)1012
27 Hong Kong (HKG)1001
 Mixed team (ZZX)1001
 Venezuela (VEN)1001
30 East Germany (GDR)0101
 Egypt (EGY)0101
 Mexico (MEX)0101
 Norway (NOR)0101
34 Netherlands (NED)0055
35 Bohemia (BOH)0022
36 Argentina (ARG)0011
 Czech Republic (CZE)0011
 Portugal (POR)0011
 Spain (ESP)0011
 Tunisia (TUN)0011
Totals (40 nations)223223221667

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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