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Fencing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Date Started: July 22, 1980
Date Finished: July 31, 1980
Events: 8

Participants: 187 (136 men and 51 women) from 20 countries
Youngest Participant: KUW Khaled Al-Awadhi (15 years, 313 days)
Oldest Participant: URS Viktor Sidyak (36 years, 248 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): URS Volodymyr Smyrnov (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (8 medals)


The American-led boycott of the 1980 Olympics did not affect the fencing tournament as much as many other sports but it meant that the West Germans would not compete in the Soviet capital. The Germans were strong in team events and had a reigning World champion in women's foil star [Cornelia Hanisch].

The tournament, which took place at the [CSKA Sports Complex], bucked the trend both of the 1980 Games and of recent World Championships with Western Europe actually winning more titles than the Warsaw Pact countries. For the first time since 1962 in World or Olympic competition another country took more gold medals than the Soviet Union. The Soviets did win the most medals with eight but France's strength in team competitions helped them won four gold medals, one more than the USSR.

Two fencers claimed a brace of gold medals, Russian sabre star [Viktor Krovopuskov] and French foilist [Pascale Trinquet].