Overview

Fencing is one of the most storied sports on the program at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Fencing's origins can be traced all the way back to swordplay, which has been practiced for thousands of years. While fencing can be linked specifically back to French, Italian and German masters, the sport has since become widespread and is practiced all over the world.

In fencing, two athletes holding a weapon in one hand face each other to strike their opponent on a valid target of the body. The rules differ depending on which of the three weapons is being used: foil, épée and sabre. The first fencer to reach 15 points or whomever has the most points when time expires is the match winner. In the team fencing event, the first team to score a total of 45 points or whichever has the highest score when time expires is the winner.

Fencing joined the Olympic program back in the 1896 Athens Games and has been present at every Games since. Women's fencing made its debut on the Olympic stage at the 1924 Paris Games. Women competed only in the foil event until the 1996 Atlanta Games, when women's épée was added. Women's sabre was added for the first time at the 2004 Athens Games.

During the 2020 Tokyo Games, Lee Kiefer became the first American to win an individual foil gold after she defeated Olympic champion Inna Deriglazova,15-13.

The fencing events at the 2024 Paris Olympics will take place between July 27 and August 4. 

Events

There will be six fencing events across the men's and women's tournament at the 2024 Paris Olympics. 

  • Individual Epée (women’s / men’s)
  • Individual Foil (women’s / men’s)
  • Individual Sabre (women’s / men’s)
  • Team Epée (women’s / men’s)
  • Team Foil (women’s / men’s)
  • Team Sabre (women’s / men’s)

Venues

The fencing competition at the 2024 Paris Games will take place in the heart of the city at the Grand Palais. Located on Avenue des Champs-Elysées in the 8th arrondissement, and along with Pont Alexandre III and the Esplanade des Invalides, Grand Palais is part of a stunning cluster of venues in Paris.

The Grand Palais was originally designed by a group of architects for the 1900 Exposition, with the Olympic Games set to take place in the capital the same year. The building was designed in the style of Beaux-Arts architecture and the nave alone contains 6,000 tons of steel.

The venue has undergone repairs over the years in order to modernize its infrastructure, while also maintaining its original beauty. During the 2024 Paris Games, the Grand Palais will host both fencing and taekwondo before hosting wheelchair fencing and para taekwondo in the Paralympics.

Rendering of the exterior of the Grand Palais during the 2024 Paris Paralympics.
Paris 2024
Fencing at the 2024 Paris Olympics
Date Event Time (ET)
July 27 Women's Épée Individual Table of 64
Men's Sabre Individual Table of 64
Women's Épée Individual Table of 32
Men's Sabre Individual Table of 32
Women's Épée Individual Table of 16
Men's Sabre Individual Table of 16
Women's Épée Individual Quarterfinals
Men's Sabre Individual Quarterfinals
4a-10:40a
Women's Épée Individual Semifinals
Men's Sabre Individual Semifinals
Women's Épée Individual Bronze Medal
Men's Sabre Individual Bronze Medal
Women's Épée Individual Gold Medal
Men's Sabre Individual Gold Medal
1p-4:50p
July 28 Women's Foil Individual Table of 64
Men's Épée Individual Table of 64
Women's Foil Individual Table of 32
Men's Épée Individual Table of 32
Women's Foil Individual Table of 16
Men's Épée Individual Table of 16
Women's Foil Individual Quarterfinals
Women's Épée Individual Quarterfinals
3:30a-10:50a
Women's Foil Individual Semifinals
Men's Épée Individual Semifinals
Women's Foil Individual Bronze Medal
Men's Épée Individual Bronze Medal
Women's Foil Individual Gold Medal
Men's Épée Individual Gold Medal
1p-5:10p
July 29 Women's Sabre Individual Table of 64
Men's Foil Individual Table of 64
Women's Sabre Individual Table of 32
Men's Foil Individual Table of 32
Women's Sabre Individual Table of 16
Men's Foil Individual Table of 16
Women's Sabre Individual Quarterfinals
Men's Foil Individual Quarterfinals
3:30a-10:50a
Women's Sabre Individual Semifinals
Men's Foil Individual Semifinals
Women's Sabre Individual Bronze Medal
Men's Foil Individual Bronze Medal
Women's Sabre Individual Gold Medal
Men's Foil Individual Gold Medal
1p-5:10p
July 30 Women's Épée Team Table of 16
Women's Épée Team Quarterfinals
Women's Épée Team Classifications 5-8
Women's Épée Team Semifinals
Women's Épée Team Placement 5-6, 7-8
6a-11:30a
Women's Épée Team Bronze Medal Match
Women's Épée Team Gold Medal Match
1:30p-3:40p
July 31 Men's Sabre Team Table of 16
Men's Sabre Team Quarterfinals
Men's Sabre Team Classifications 5-8
Men's Sabre Team Semifinals
Men's Sabre Team Placement 5-6, 7-8
6a-11:30a
Men's Sabre Team Bronze Medal Match
Men's Sabre Team Gold Medal Match
1:30p-3:40p
August 1 Women's Foil Team Table of 16
Women's Foil Team Quarterfinals
Women's Foil Team Classifications 5-8
Women's Foil Team Semifinals
Women's Foil Team Placement 5-6, 7-8
4a-11:10a
Women's Foil Team Bronze Medal Match
Women's Foil Team Gold Medal Match
1:10p-4p
August 2 Men's Épée Team Table of 16
Men's Épée Team Quarterfinals
Men's Épée Team Classifications 5-8
Men's Épée Team Semifinals
Men's Épée Team Placement 5-6, 7-8
6a-11:30a
Men's Épée Team Bronze Medal Match
Men's Épée Team Gold Medal Match
1:30p-3:40p
August 3 Women's Sabre Team Table of 16
Women's Sabre Team Quarterfinals
Women's Sabre Team Classifications 5-8
Women's Sabre Team Semifinals
Women's Sabre Team Placement 5-6, 7-8
5:30a-11a
Women's Sabre Team Bronze Medal Match
Women's Sabre Team Gold Medal Match
1p-3:10p
August 4 Men's Foil Team Table of 16
Men's Foil Team Quarterfinals
Men's Foil Team Classifications 5-8
Men's Foil Team Semifinals
Men's Foil Team Placement 5-6, 7-8
4a-11:10a
Men's Foil Team Bronze Medal Match
Men's Foil Team Gold Medal Match
1:10p-4p