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.
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.