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

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 16 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 27
Foil, Masters X X 2
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 23
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 27
Épée, Masters X 1
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 23
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 28
Sabre, Masters X 1
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 24
Amateurs-masters épée X 1
Singlestick X 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 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 16 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 22
Foil, Team X X X X X X X X X X X X X 13
Épée, Individual X X X X X X 6
Épée, Team X X X X X 5
Sabre, Individual X X X X 4
Sabre, Team X X 2
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 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 16 Years
 Algeria (ALG) 1 2 2 7 2 2 6
 Argentina (ARG) 1 13 9 5 11 19 11 1 6 11 10 5 7 10 2 5 4 3 1 1 1 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 24
 Azerbaijan (AZE) 1 1 1 3
 Bahrain (BRN) 4 1
 Belarus (BLR) 1 4 2 3 4 5
 Belgium (BEL) 5 18 11 22 19 21 7 20 18 14 6 15 2 3 1 4 3 4 2 1 20
 Bohemia (BOH) 7 13 2
 Bolivia (BOL) 1 1 1 3
 Brazil (BRA) 6 7 5 4 1 4 4 1 3 2 3 11
 Bulgaria (BUL) 2 1 2 5 5 5 5 3 1 9
 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 19
 Chile (CHI) 1 6 7 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 11
 China (CHN) 18 15 15 9 13 19 20 16 8
 Chinese Taipei (TPE) 2 2 1 3
 Colombia (COL) 2 6 2 5 5 2 2 2 1 1 10
 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 16
 Czech Republic (CZE) 1 1
 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 15
 Estonia (EST) 2 6 4 1 1 5
 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 25
 Georgia (GEO) 1 1
 Germany (GER) 1 1 10 16 13 2 16 9 20 15 18 12 9 14 14
 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 26
 Greece (GRE) 9 7 3 6 5 8 6 3 1 1 1 9 1 13
 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 8
 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 23
 Individual Olympic Athletes (IOA) 1 1
 Indonesia (INA) 1 4 2 2 1 5
 Iran (IRI) 1 4 2 15 1 5
 Ireland (IRL) 5 4 6 2 4 1 1 1 8
 Israel (ISR) 2 2 1 4 1 3 1 1 3 9
 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 25
 Japan (JPN) 1 1 5 15 5 5 8 9 10 6 4 4 5 7 10 15
 Jordan (JOR) 1 1 2
 Kazakhstan (KAZ) 1 5 3 3
 Kuwait (KUW) 4 9 9 8 1 1 1 7
 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) 1 1 2
 Latvia (LAT) 1 1
 Lebanon (LIB) 4 4 3 4 2 4 2 2 2 9
 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 14
 Monaco (MON) 2 1 1 1 4
 Morocco (MAR) 7 1 2 2 4
 Netherlands (NED) 1 13 12 10 17 20 2 11 9 5 1 5 1 2 1 15
 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 2
 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 20
 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 18
 Russia (RUS) 2 24 15 15 18 14 18 7
 Saar (SAA) 5 1
 Saudi Arabia (KSA) 7 1 2
 Senegal (SEN) 2 3 1 3
 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 9
 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 21
 Thailand (THA) 7 2 2 3
 Tunisia (TUN) 4 1 1 2 2 6 6
 Turkey (TUR) 1 4 7 6 4 2 6
 Ukraine (UKR) 6 10 10 10 8 5
 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 24
 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 9
 Vietnam (VIE) 1 1
 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
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

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Italy (ITA) 49 43 33 125
2  France (FRA) 42 41 35 118
3  Hungary (HUN) 37 23 27 87
4  Soviet Union (URS) 18 15 16 49
5  Russia (RUS) 13 5 8 26
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 7 3 14
11  Romania (ROU) 4 5 7 16
12  South Korea (KOR) 4 2 5 11
13  Belgium (BEL) 3 3 4 10
14  United States (USA) 2 9 14 25
15  Sweden (SWE) 2 3 2 7
16  Ukraine (UKR) 2 1 3 6
17  Greece (GRE) 2 1 1 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  United 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
30  Tunisia (TUN) 0 0 1 1
Total 212 212 211 635

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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