As of the beginning of April, the qualification season for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has begun! April 4th, 2020 is the finish line when the qualifications will be solidified. To kick things off, we're again tapping the expertise of David Baker to set the table for the qualification season. Over the next year, we'll be periodically checking in to see how things are … [Read more...] about The Race For Tokyo 2020 Begins
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?
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 maintaining a tracking list of the points earned by individuals and teams for Olympic … [Read more...] about Road to Rio: Aldo Montano’s Big Win in Padua
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 victory. So then the real question becomes … [Read more...] about Road to Rio: Women’s Epee Qualification Update