Fencing at the Olympic Games

Fencing is one of only five sports have been contested at every summer Olympic Games since 1896. The others are: Athletics, Cycling, Gymnastics and Swimming. 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.

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