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Fencing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Épée, Team

Fencing at the 1996 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 24, 1996
Date Finished: July 24, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: FRA France
Silver: ITA Italy
Bronze: RUS Russia


Hungary and France had contested the 1995 World Championships final and their fencers’ performances in the individual event suggested a repeat of that final was a likely gold medal match for the Atlanta Olympics. This ended at the semi-final stage when Italy defeated an underperforming Hungarian team by a comfortable margin of 45-32.

In contrast the French team of individual finalists [Laura Flessel] and [Valérie Barlois-Mevel] backed up by [Sophie Moressée-Pichot] were more consistent over the event and even when they made a slow start to a match they always finished strongly. This was evident in the final where they proceeded to win 15 of the final 20 points needed to claim their victory. Hungary, four times World Champions in the proceeding five years, was upset by Russia for bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 France FRA Gold
2 Italy ITA Silver
3 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Hungary HUN
5 Estonia EST
6 Cuba CUB
7 Germany GER
8 United States USA
9 Switzerland SUI
10 South Korea KOR
11 Japan JPN