Fencing

Fencer making an attacking move during a competition.
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Fencing

Centro de Convenciones de Lima
CALLE LA ARQUEOLOGÍA N° 206 - SAN BORJA
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eventos masculinos
Individual épée
Individual foil
Individual sabre
Team épée
Team foil
Team sabre
eventos femeninos
Individual épée
Individual foil
Individual sabre
Team épée
Team foil
Team sabre

 

Fencers facing off during a competition.
Sport review

Fencing takes place on a strip or piste, which measures 14 m long x 2 m wide. Fencing uses three types of swords: foil, epée and sabre. In foil bouts, hits are scored by hitting an opponent with the tip of the weapon. Hits must target the torso but not the arms. Touches outside the target area stop the action and are not scored. In epée, which is slightly heavier than the foil, all hits must be done with the tip and not with the sides of the blade. The goal is to hit any part of the body. Simultaneous hits between fencers are allowed. The sabre can hit any part of the body above the waist, except for the hands. Hits with the blade’s edge and tip are valid. Off-target touches do not stop the action. Individual fencing matches last until 15 hits are scored or nine minutes of effective fencing time. In team events, nine matches are played in five-hit or three-minute intervals. The first team to score 45 hits wins. In Lima 2019, this sport will be held at the Lima Convention Center. The favorite team is the US with a 70 gold medals and 165 medals in total.

Keywords
Feint: A false attack that forces a fencer to react in such a way that it opens the door for a genuine
attack.
Lunge: An extension of the fencer’s forward leg, used in a basic attack.
Parry: A defensive play used to block the opponent’s blade.
Thrust: Hitting the opponent with the tip of the weapon.

History

Even though there are signs of fencing as a sport dating back to 1200 B.C., it was during the 15th century when it spread throughout Europe. Over the years, lighter weapons, a set of rules more defined and the use of a wire-mesh mask to protect the athletes’ faces were introduced.

Fencers facing off during a competition.

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