1969 World Fencing Championships
|1969 World Championships in Fencing|
|Host city||Havana, Cuba|
The Havana World championships were the third straight major fencing event held in the Americas after the 1967 edition in Montreal and the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico. Cuba gave the competition political overtones, including it in the celebrations for the ten years of the Cuban Revolution. Fencing was also stopped on 8 October for a commemoration of the anniversary of Che Guevara's death. The United States, who do not have formal diplomatic relations with Cuba, sent a restricted delegation of 25 fencers. The competition was also marred by numerous failures of the electrical apparatus to the heat and humidity.
On sportive terms, the championships were dominated by countries of the Eastern Bloc, especially the Soviet Union, who claimed all three men's team titles. Romania earned their first women's world title.
|Floretă la individual||Elena Novikova (URS)||Ileana Drîmbă (ROU)||Svetlana Tširkova (URS)|
|Floretă pe echipe|| Romania
| Soviet Union
|1||Soviet Union (URS)||5||3||1||9|
|4||West Germany (FRG)||1||0||0||1|
|Totals (6 nations)||8||8||8||24|
- The Guinness Encyclopaedia of Sports Records & Results (1987). Fencing World Championships, pages 165-167. Guinness Superlatives Ltd. ISBN 0-85112-492-5.
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