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Wheelchair Fencing

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Choose your weapon: épée, foil or sabre? Part of the Paralympic Games since Rome 1960, the first edition, wheelchair fencing comes to Rio 2016 with 14 medal events for individuals and teams.
Spectator's Guide - Wheelchair Fencing
  • Wheelchair Fencing

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Athletes

Events

18 89 14

Schedule & Results

Schedule & Results

Wheelchair Fencing

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Date Event Status
  • WRWorld Record
  • PRParalympic Record
  • SBSeason Best
  • PBPersonal best

About

About

Aim of the game

Two rival fencers try to strike the target area on each other's body using a long, blunt-tipped blade

Why should you watch this?

These days this is the closest you can get to medieval combat, and you cannot fail to be impressed by the speed of the fencers' movements in this dynamic and challenging sport

International Federation

Paralympic debut

Rome 1960

Rules
  • En Garde!

    En Garde!

    The starting position of the two opponents, blade-to-blade in the centre of the piste

  • Hand guard

    Hand guard

    A metal guard fixed between the blade and the handle, designed to protect the fencer's sword hand

  • Parry

    Parry

    A blocking and deflecting blade movement to stem the opponent's attack

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  • The sport made its debut at the Stoke Mandeville Games for war veterans in England in 1955

    The sport made its debut at the Stoke Mandeville Games for war veterans in England in 1955

  • Wheelchair fencing was developed by Sir Ludwig Guttmann, the founder of the Paralympic Games

    Wheelchair fencing was developed by Sir Ludwig Guttmann, the founder of the Paralympic Games

  • At the Athens 2004 Games, Yu Chui Yee, from Hong Kong, became the first female athlete to win four gold medals at the same Games

    At the Athens 2004 Games, Yu Chui Yee, from Hong Kong, became the first female athlete to win four gold medals at the same Games

  • Brazil's dramatic Paralympic Games debut in wheelchair fencing came at London 2012, when Jovane Guissone took gold in the épée category B event

    Brazil's dramatic Paralympic Games debut in wheelchair fencing came at London 2012, when Jovane Guissone took gold in the épée category B event

  • The French athletes Christian Lachaud and Andre Hennaert hold the record for the most gold medals, with nine each

    The French athletes Christian Lachaud and Andre Hennaert hold the record for the most gold medals, with nine each

  • With 15 to his name, Italy's Roberto Marson is the athlete with the highest number of medals in the sport

    With 15 to his name, Italy's Roberto Marson is the athlete with the highest number of medals in the sport

  • In épée matches, the athletes use a metal-lined apron to protect their legs and wheelchair wheels

    In épée matches, the athletes use a metal-lined apron to protect their legs and wheelchair wheels

  • Hungary's Pal Szekeres is the only athlete to have won Olympic and Paralympic medals: bronze at Seoul 1988 and, after a bus accident, won six wheelchair fencing medals

    Hungary's Pal Szekeres is the only athlete to have won Olympic and Paralympic medals: bronze at Seoul 1988 and, after a bus accident, won six wheelchair fencing medals

Duration

The pool round features single bouts of three minutes, or until one of the competitors reaches five points.

Elimination round bouts consist of three rounds, each lasting three minutes or until one of the fencers scores 15 points.

In team matches, the winner is the team that scores 45 points first or has the most points when time ends.

Scoring

Each time a fencer's target area is hit, a point is scored, with the totals kept by an electronic system that automatically registers every accurate strike.

Weapons

Epée

  • 110cm, 770g

  • The blade is heavier and more rigid

  • Points are scored when the blade's tip touches any part of the opponent's body above the waist

Foil

  • 110cm, 500g

  • The blade is lighter and highly flexible

  • Points are scored when the blade's tip touches the opponent from the waistline up, excluding the limbs and the head

Sabre

  • 105cm, 500g

  • The sabre has a short, flexible blade, allowing for faster movements

  • Points are scored when the opponent is hit from the waist up with the cutting edge, the flat or the back of the blade

Wheelchair

The wheelchair must be fastened to rails on the piste, which is 4m long and 1.5m wide. Action is halted if the wheelchair moves.

Protection

The athletes must wear protective masks and gloves, and a puncture-resistant jacket.

Classification

A – Good trunk control, allowing forward and sideways movement with possibility for explosive power. Fully functional fencing arm.

B – Either limited trunk control, limited use of fencing arm, or impairments that affect movement of both.

Stats

Top Medalists

Men
ITA
Roberto Marson
8 5 2 15
FRA
Andre Hennaert
9 1 4 14
FRA
Christian Lachaud
9 2 2 13
Women
FRA
Patricia Picot
4 2 4 10
HKG
Chui Yee Yu
7 1 1 9
FRA
Josette Bourgain
5 3 0 8

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Athletes

Athletes & Teams

Gender

Gender
Woman 43
Men 57
Women
Men

Age Range

Age Range
Under 15 0
16 - 20 4
21 - 25 13
26 - 30 29
31 - 40 33
Over 40 20
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