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