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Fencing at the 1896 Athina Summer Games

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Date Started: April 7, 1896
Date Finished: April 7, 1896
Events: 3

Participants: 15 (15 men and 0 women) from 4 countries
Youngest Participant: FRA Joanni Perronet (18 years, 171 days)
Oldest Participant: DEN Holger Nielsen (29 years, 113 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 9 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): GRE Greece (5 medals)


The 1896 fencing events were held in the [Zappeion], which was a large exhibition hall built in 1888 and named for Evangelos Zappas, an early benefactor of the Olympic idea. King Georgios watched the Olympic fencing matches. The sabre matches started prior to his arrival, but that those matches were disregarded and the competition restarted after his appearance in the Zappeion. The bouts were conducted until one fencer scored three touches.

Events were conducted in foil, sabre, and foil for masters - or professionals. The professional fencing matches were known by [Coubertin] and the Olympic officials, and in fact, approved, as fencings masters, or teachers, were very popular athletes in France at that time. An épée event was also scheduled but did not take place.