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Fencing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Date Started: July 20, 1996
Date Finished: July 20, 1996
Events: 10

Participants: 224 (136 men and 88 women) from 46 countries
Youngest Participant: VEN Carlos Rodríguez (18 years, 94 days)
Oldest Participant: USA Elaine Cheris (50 years, 198 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 8 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 7 medals


The Atlanta Games saw a number of changes to the fencing programme. The most important change was the introduction of two new events, individual and team épée for women. These were the first new events to be introduced since the women’s team foil in 1960. Another difference was the abolition of pool stages in all events. A straight knockout format replaced the complicated and clunky system that had been in use for many Olympics with each bout being scored to 15 points rather than the 3-set format of the Barcelona Games. In team competitions a limit was set on team composition as only three fencers were now allowed on each team.

Competing for the first time since 1920 under their own flag, Russia were the most successful nation at the [Georgia World Congress Center] with four gold medals in their tally of seven medals. The other nations to make an impact in Atlanta were Italy and France, who shared five titles between them, and Romania, who won a first Olympic fencing title since 1968 via the efforts of [Laura Badea]. Individually [Laura Flessel] of France and [Stanislav Pozdnyakov] of Russia were double gold medal winners.