Fencing is on the Olympic programme since 1896. It is one of only a handful of sports that has appeared in every modern Olympic Games. The sport comprises of three weapons: epee, foil and sabre.
Since 2004, with the introduction of women’s sabre to the Olympic programme, both men and women compete in all three weapons in the individual events.
Fencing is part of the first Olympic Games of the modern times. Thirteen fencers representing four countries participate in the men’s sabre and foil competitions.
Epee becomes an Olympic discipline. 156 fencers from seven countries participate in all three disciplines.
Women’s foil joins the Olympic programme in Paris.
The electrical apparatus is introduced for epee. Metallic pistes replace the old cork pistes.
|Foil becomes an electric weapon.|
The electric sabre is introduced.
Women’s epee joins the Olympic programme with individual and team events.
The first women’s individual sabre events. For the first time, men and women compete in all three weapons.
212 fencers participate, twelve more than in Athens. For the first time, there is full gender parity.
To have a look at the general history of fencing, go for example to the pages of the British National Fencing Museum.