Fencing Score Points

Fencing Points Score

The electrical scoring apparatus was first introduced to the épée in 1933, followed by the foil in 1956 and finally the sabre in 1988.

It works when the blade makes contact with the target area, completing an electric circuit and triggering a red or a green light depending on which athlete lands.

Balance is important for a fencer in both attack and defence.

The disciplines are held on a 14m long and 1.5m wide piste. A point is scored when the opponent retreats off the end of the piste.

The first to 15 points wins with the action taking place in three three minute periods. The two fencers are in the ‘en garde’ position when the clock stops.

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