As a preparation for armed combat, fencing is as old as the sword itself and is one of only four sports to have featured in every modern Olympic Games.
Using three blade weapons; foil, sabre and epee, fencing calls for a combination of excellent footwork as well as fast and accurate blade work with the aim to outscore your opponent with hits.
Team GB have won nine fencing medals its Olympic history, including one solitary gold which came at Melbourne 1956 with Gillian Sheen in the women’s individual foil event.
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