Fencing factbox for Athens 2004
Posted: Tuesday July 6, 2004 10:20PM; Updated: Tuesday July 6, 2004 10:20PM
ATHENS, July 7 (Reuters) -- Factbox on fencing at the August 13-29 Athens Olympics:
Historians trace fighting with swords back 4,000 years to Egypt, China, India and Greece. The first fencing schools were set up in Europe in the Middle Ages and a rulebook for the sport was first published in Spain in 1474.
The foil, a lighter weapon, made its debut in the 17th century and protective face masks were introduced in 1780.
Fencing is one of only four sports to have featured at every modern Olympic Games and was the first sport to allow professionals to take part.
The International Fencing Federation (FIE) was founded in 1913 and the first world championships were held in 1920.
Three types of fencing weapon are used -- foil, epee and sabre.
There will be six individual and four team events, with women's sabre being introduced for the first time.
Individual epee: Pavel Kolobkov (Russia)
Individual foil: Kim Young-ho (South Korea)
Individual sabre: Mihai Covaliu (Romania)
Team epee: Italy (Angelo Mazoni, Maurizio Randazzo, Paolo
Milanoli, Alfredo Rota)
Team foil: France (Lionel Plumenail, Jean-Noel Ferrari,
Brice Guyart, Patrice L'Hotellier)
Team sabre: Russia (Serguei Charikov, Alexei Frossine,
Individual epee: Timea Nagy (Hungary)
Individual foil: Valentina Vezzali (Italy)
Team epee: Russia (Mariya Mazina, Karina Aznavuryan, Tatiana
Logounova, Oxana Ermakova)
Team foil: Italy (Diana Bianchedi, Giovanna Trillini,
August 14 - Men's individual sabre
August 15 - Women's individual epee
August 16 - Men's individual foil
August 17 - Women's individual sabre
Men's individual epee
August 18 - Women's individual foil
August 19 - Men's team sabre
August 20 - Women's team epee
August 21 - Men's team foil
August 22 - Men's team epee
Helliniko Olympic Complex in the southern suburbs of Athens.
The venue has a fencing hall with 3,500 seats for preliminary matches and another with 5,000 seats for finals.
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