Kliebrink Injured after Attack in Shanghai

Benjamin Kleibrink (GER) won the Olympic Gold medal in Men's Foil at the Beijing Olympics

German foilist and Olympic Gold Medalist Benjamin Kleibrink was rushed to a hospital in Shanghai, China following an assault at a restaurant. According to the report (translated from German), Kleibrink was exiting a restaurant after a team dinner and was attacked from behind by a European (the attacker’s identity has not been disclosed). Following the […]

Road to Rio: Aldo Montano’s Big Win in Padua

Aldo Montano world cup win.

Aldo MONTANO (ITA) can do no wrong. Following up his Boston GP victory with a home win in Padua, Aldo is a fencer built for big occasions. Diego OCCHIUZZI (ITA) could not gain on Luca CURATOLI (ITA) for the second place for Italy. This is a regular update column from David Baker who has been […]

Road to Rio: Women’s Epee Qualification Update

Estonia womens team epee gold Barcelona world cup

Women’s Epee Teams after Barcelona: USA Locks Qualification The 4th World Cup of the Olympic Qualification Season asks which countries would be able to step up and join the teams already qualified for Rio: CHINA, ROMANIA and RUSSIA. In Barcelona, that team was ESTONIA – rocketing to 4th place on the ranking with a stunning […]

Road to Rio: Mens Epee Qualification Update


One team needed to step up to ensure qualification. Check out the Men’s Team Epee standings with one qualifying event to go.

Rio 2016 Qualification – Epee Preview for Heidenheim and Barcelona

Rio 2016 Qualification Standings Team Epee Jan 2016

Current standings for Men’s and Women’s Team Epee for Rio 2016. Competition continues this Sunday (Jan 24th) in Heidenheim and Barcelona.

Road to Rio 2016: Women’s Foil after Gdansk – Shaito likely qualifies

Medalists for 2016 Gdansk Womens Foil World Cup - Photo via FIE

Women’s Foil after Gdansk World Cup: (PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FENCING FRIENDS) Aida SHANAEVA (RUS) started the weekend outside of the top 2 Russian places – winning the silver medal has propelled her into the qualification places ahead of compatriot Laris KOROBEYNIKOVA (RUS). The bronze medal won by Martina BATINI (ITA) will all be in […]

Road to Rio: Men’s Foil after the CIP

CIP 2016 poster

Dominating performances by the US team puts them in a lock for Olympic Qualification for Rio.

Rio 2016 Qualification: Mens Foil December Update

Mens Foil 2016 Qualification as of December 15th

The Road to Rio takes Men’s Foil to the Kocaeli satellite event in Turkey: Whilst we’re waiting for Women’s Sabre to finish a satellite with 38 entries over two days, I can update you on the final Men’s Foil competition of the year – a satellite in Turkey. Not many big names were in attendance, […]

2015 FIE Congress Summary

2015 FIE Fencing Congress

Following the 2016 Rio Olympics, sabre fencers will fence a very different sport but epee fencers won’t need to worry about black cards for non-combativity. Early reports from the 2015 FIE Congress held in Guangzhou, China point to the largest rules changes being in sabre. The maligned rules proposal for non-combativity was removed. That rule […]

Non Combativity – Are DQs the Answer?

Epee fencing 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Bout

The problem of non combativity might put fencing in a dangerous position in the next Olympic Games if not efficiently resolved.

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