London 2012


from July 27 to August 12




About the sport

A contact sport, Fencing is one of the sports that were present in the original 1896 Athens Olympics. Despite sword fighting existing for thousands of years, this sport originated in the XIX century. Basically, it is a duel between two athletes to make contact on the opponent’s body with their weapons. In the Olympics, Italy and France are the traditional powerhouses in the sport.

The current Olympic program gives away ten gold medals in three different categories: sword (the heaviest, can hit the entire body), the saber (only touches above the waste with the side or tip) and foil (the lightest only counts hit to the chest by the tip). The competitions in London will take place in the ExCeL center, between July 28 and August 5, with 212 athletes participating.

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Star athletes

Athletes to Watch

They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games

Hall of Fame

Stars that made history in the Olympic Games

Andrea CassaràAndrea CassaràCountry:Italy

Olympic champion by team in Athens 2004, she won last year's first individual world title and is the leader of the world rankings over the past two seasons

Valentina VezzaliValentina VezzaliCountry: Italy

In addition to the five times he went to the top of the podium (two in teams and three individuals), Vezzali also has a silver and a bronze in the curriculum.

Edoardo MangiarottiEdoardo MangiarottiCountry: Italy

The most prolific medalist in the event, he won 13 total medals, six of them gold. Of those, only one was an individual medal in the sword category in the 1952 Helsinki Games.

Valentina VezzaliValentina VezzaliCountry: Italy

A specialist in the foil, she has four gold medals, three individual and one as a team, as well as one individual silver and one team bronze.

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