Our rankings focus on the 204 athletes (102 men and 102 women) that will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games in Fencing, but under our qualification system there are an additional 8 Host Country Places to take the total number of fencers to 212. These places are entirely discretionary on the host nation (Japan in this case) and are in additional to the places earned in … [Read more...] about How Do Host Country Slots Work in the Olympics?
Image Credit: Steven Moore-Vountas So the first question I was asked is a very good one. How do you qualify for the Olympics and why do you need a different ranking to the official FIE ranking? This page will are maintaining a unofficial ranking list only taking into account competitions that count for qualification. The season starts in April 2019 and runs to 4 April … [Read more...] about How do you qualify for the Olympics?
For newer fencers, the question of what to do at a fencing tournament can be daunting. While more experienced fencers and coaches are used to the experience, if you are newer to the sport, it would be nice to have a more detailed breakdown besides “just fence.” This article will break down what a newer fencer needs to do before a local level tournament and the general order … [Read more...] about What to Expect from Your First Fencing Tournament
A former international fencer has reported on the physiological and biomechanical demands of the sport with the aim of exploring new ways to improve individual performance. Despite fencing’s long history as an Olympic event (it debuted at the first games in Athens, 1896) it has only been recently that scientific studies have been conducted as a means of improving … [Read more...] about British Researcher Investigates the Science of Fencing
Eli Dershwitz, the left-handed Olympic sabre fencer from Harvard, spoke to Fencing.net earlier this year, right before winning individual Silver at the 2018 Wuxi World Championships. FN: Hello Eli, thanks for talking to fencing.net. Congratulations on a great season! How would you describe it? ED: This season has been amazing. I really feel like all the hard work I have put … [Read more...] about Fencer in Focus: Team USA’s Eli Dershwitz