Fencing at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Dates 6 – 14 August 2016
Medal Events 10

The International Fencing Federation continued to maintain the rotation system as they had in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 with ten events, five each for men and women (three individual and two team). In 2016, the men’s team sabre and the women’s team foil were the two events dropped from the programme, and were replaced by men’s team épée and women’s team sabre. A total of 213 fencers from 46 nations, and one independent Olympic athlete, competed in the Carioca Arena 3 inside the Barra Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca, 105 were men and 108 women. They qualified primarily based on official rankings with further individual places awarded at four zonal qualifying tournaments.

After the rise of non-European fencers in 2012, a number of the traditional fencing nations regained the command in Rio. The most successful was Russia, who had the highest number of competitors, 16, and they collected seven medals including four gold, with their women contributing five of the seven medals including three gold. Russia’s gold medal haul was only surpassed by France in 1900 and Italy in 1920 with five gold medals each. In Rio, Hungary came second with four medals including two gold, one of them won in their traditional weapon, the men’s individual sabre. They were followed by Italy and France while South Korea, with one gold and one bronze, established themselves among the top nations as did the United States with two silver and two bronze medals. Tunisian veteran Ines Boubakri won her country’s first ever medal in fencing with a bronze in the foil. One of the biggest losers was Germany, who had only four individual fencers qualified, and did not bring home a medal of any colour for the first time since the boycotted 1980 Olympics in Moscow.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Foil, Individual, Men Olympic 7 August 2016 35 19
Foil, Team, Men Olympic 12 August 2016 31 8
Épée, Individual, Men Olympic 9 August 2016 38 20
Épée, Team, Men Olympic 14 August 2016 36 9
Sabre, Individual, Men Olympic 10 August 2016 32 25
Foil, Individual, Women Olympic 10 August 2016 35 27
Épée, Individual, Women Olympic 6 August 2016 37 19
Épée, Team, Women Olympic 11 August 2016 36 9
Sabre, Individual, Women Olympic 8 August 2016 36 20
Sabre, Team, Women Olympic 13 August 2016 30 8
245 (121/124) 47 (37/33)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Foil, Individual, Men Daniele GarozzoITA Alexander MassialasUSA Timur SafinRUS
Foil, Team, Men Russian FederationRUS FranceFRA United StatesUSA
Épée, Individual, Men Park Sang-YeongKOR Géza ImreHUN Gauthier GrumierFRA
Épée, Team, Men FranceFRA ItalyITA HungaryHUN
Sabre, Individual, Men Áron SzilágyiHUN Daryl HomerUSA Kim Jeong-HwanKOR
Foil, Individual, Women Inna DeriglazovaRUS Elisa Di FranciscaITA Inès BoubakriTUN
Épée, Individual, Women Emese Szász-KovácsHUN Rossella FiamingoITA Sun YiwenCHN
Épée, Team, Women RomaniaROU People's Republic of ChinaCHN Russian FederationRUS
Sabre, Individual, Women Yana YegoryanRUS Sofya VelikayaRUS Olha KharlanUKR
Sabre, Team, Women Russian FederationRUS UkraineUKR United StatesUSA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Russian Federation RUS 4 1 2 7
Hungary HUN 2 1 1 4
Italy ITA 1 3 0 4
France FRA 1 1 1 3
Republic of Korea KOR 1 0 1 2
Romania ROU 1 0 0 1
United States USA 0 2 2 4
People's Republic of China CHN 0 1 1 2
Ukraine UKR 0 1 1 2
Tunisia TUN 0 0 1 1