Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Physical Culture Gymnasium, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: September 8, 1904
Date Finished: September 8, 1904
|Gold:||Albertson Van Zo Post|
|Silver:||William Scott O'Connor|
Single stick fencing, also known as cudgels, was a form of fencing using a single long wooden stick. It was used initially as a way to train fencers in a safer manner, but evolved into a competitive event. A French version called canne de combat has some similarity to single sticks. Competitions started in single sticks as early as the 16th century but by the 20th century it was becoming rare. Single sticks was only contested at the Olympics in 1904. There were only three competitors and it was won easily by [Albertson Van Zo Post] who scored 11 touches against 8 by the runner-up, [William Scott O’Connor].