All about fenc­ing . . .

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Be­lieved to have orig­i­nated in Spain in the 15th century.

Com­pet­i­tive fenc­ing is split into foil, sabre and epee cat­e­gories.

One of only five sports to fea­ture at ev­ery mod­ern Olympic Games (since 1896).

In 1936, judges were re­placed in epee bouts by elec­tronic scor­ing.

One cham­pi­onship bout in New York in the 1930s lasted seven hours. A time limit of 30 min­utes was in­tro­duced af­ter­wards.

Kevlar has been worn by com­peti­tors since 1982 when Soviet com­peti­tor Vladimir Smirnov was killed at the world champs in Rome.

Fenc­ing is con­ducted on a 14m x 2m ‘‘strip’’ or ‘‘piste’’ to repli­cate com­bat in con­fined quar­ters, such as a cas­tle hall­way.

Fa­mous fencers: Neil Di­a­mond — sabre; Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) — foil; Jerry O’Con­nell — sabre.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

Ded­i­cated: Shel­don Ogilvie loves fenc­ing and is pre­pared to put in the time to get to the top.

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