Fencing at the Olympic Games
The competition rules and fencing weapons used have varied a little over the history of the modern Olympics. Three types of weapon are used in the sport of Olympic fencing today: the Foil, Épée and Sabre. The singlestick was featured in the 1904 Olympic Games, but it was already declining in popularity at that time.
2016 Olympic Fencing Events
There are 10 events. The men's team sabre and the women's team foil have been dropped from the program, only at these Games following a rotation system.
There are 5 medal events for men, and 5 for women, though the actual events differ.
- The women's foil event was first included in the program for the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
- Austrian Otto Herschmann won the silver in the team sabre fencing event in the 1912 Games, and was at the time the president of the Austrian Olympic Committee. He is the only sitting national Olympic committee president to win a medal in the Olympics. Herschmann died in 1942 in a Nazi concentration camp.
- The best all-time performing fencers at the Olympic Games are Italian Edoardo Mangiarotti (13 medals) and Hungarian Aladár Gerevich (7 gold). See more on the Greatest Fencers at the Olympics.
- A fencing event is also part of the modern pentathlon.