Fencing at the 1996 Summer Olympics

Dates 20 – 25 July 1996
Medal Events 10

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.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Foil, Individual, Men Olympic 22 July 1996 45 19
Foil, Team, Men Olympic 25 July 1996 34 11
Épée, Individual, Men Olympic 20 July 1996 45 21
Épée, Team, Men Olympic 23 July 1996 33 11
Sabre, Individual, Men Olympic 21 July 1996 43 20
Sabre, Team, Men Olympic 24 July 1996 34 11
Foil, Individual, Women Olympic 22 July 1996 40 17
Foil, Team, Women Olympic 25 July 1996 33 11
Épée, Individual, Women Olympic 21 July 1996 48 24
Épée, Team, Women Olympic 24 July 1996 33 11
224 (136/88) 46 (36/31)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Foil, Individual, Men Alessandro PucciniITA Lionel PlumenailFRA Franck BoidinFRA
Foil, Team, Men Russian FederationRUS PolandPOL CubaCUB
Épée, Individual, Men Aleksandr BeketovRUS Iván TrevejoCUB Géza ImreHUN
Épée, Team, Men ItalyITA Russian FederationRUS FranceFRA
Sabre, Individual, Men Stanislav PozdnyakovRUS Sergey SharikovRUS Damien TouyaFRA
Sabre, Team, Men Russian FederationRUS HungaryHUN ItalyITA
Foil, Individual, Women Laura BadeaROU Valentina VezzaliITA Giovanna TrilliniITA
Foil, Team, Women ItalyITA RomaniaROU GermanyGER
Épée, Individual, Women Laura FlesselFRA Valérie Barlois-MevelFRA Gyöngyi Szalay-HorváthHUN
Épée, Team, Women FranceFRA ItalyITA Russian FederationRUS

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Russian Federation RUS 4 2 1 7
Italy ITA 3 2 2 7
France FRA 2 2 3 7
Romania ROU 1 1 0 2
Hungary HUN 0 1 2 3
Cuba CUB 0 1 1 2
Poland POL 0 1 0 1
Germany GER 0 0 1 1