WORLD  CHAMPIONSHIPS

 
 

This tournament consists of 12 championships:

   
       
 
Foil men individual
team
 
Foil women individual
team
 
Epee men individual
team
 
Epee women individual
team
 
Sabre men individual
team
 
Sabre women individual
team
 

The format for each individual championship is the same. A first round of classification takes place by grouping all entrants into "pools" (a group of up to 7 fencers). Within the pool, all fencers fence each other. A fencer achieves a victory by scoring 5 hits on the opponent. This provides a classification used for the next round, which is by the "direct elimination" method. Here fencers are knocked out by the opponent. This direct elimination continues through the "table of 64" (semi-final), until only 8 fencers are left. These are the finalists, who also continue with the direct elimination method, to determine a winner. The format for team championships is different. Teams are pre classified using team memberís classification. Direct elimination method is then used from start to finish. Each encounter consists of 2 teams of three members each, therefore fencing 9 bout (relay system), by each team member having to take the score to the next step of 5 hits. The winning team is the first to score 45 hits in total. The final is fenced in exactly the same manner.

 

 

South African National Team and Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Steve Tshwete

 

 

 Mr Steve Tshwete wishing success to SA Team and G Tyshler - SA Team Coach at the 1997 World Championship