European Fencing Championships

The European Fencing Championships is an annual top-level European fencing competition organized by the European Fencing Confederation.

HistoryEdit

The first competition bearing the name of "European Fencing Championships" was held in Paris in 1921. The International Fencing Federation (FIE) comprised only European federations at the time, with the exception of the United States. In 1936, on the 25th anniversary of the FIE and at the request of the Italian federation, the FIE congress decided to open the European Championships to all countries and granted retroactive recognition of the European Championships as World Championships.[1]

After 1937 the FIE focused on the organisation of the World Fencing Championships. Demand for European Championships appeared at the 1979 congress, but it was rejected on the ground that they would either belittle the World Championships or offer a poor fencing level. The question was put forth again the following year by the Yugoslav federation, with the support of the Italian federation, which offered to organize the first competition. The congress agreed to authorize such championships, on the condition that they would be held only when the World Championships were organized in a non-European country. The first edition took place in Foggia, Italy on 11 and 12 November 1981. They proved to cause no interference with the 1981 World Championships and the restriction was lifted.[2]

FormulaEdit

Contrary to the World Championships and the World Cup, no exemption is granted to Top 16 fencers: all fence a round of pools, which eliminates 20% to 30% of participants. The remaining fencers compete in a direct elimination table.

EditionsEdit

Editions of European Fencing Championships
Number Edition City Country Events
1 1981 Foggia   Italy 4
2 1982 Mödling   Austria 4
3 1983 Lisbon   Portugal 4
4 1991 Vienna   Austria 10
5 1992 Lisbon   Portugal 5
6 1993 Linz   Austria 5
7 1994 Kraków   Poland 5
8 1995 Keszthely   Hungary 5
9 1996 Limoges   France 5
10 1997 Gdańsk   Poland 5
11 1998 Plovdiv   Bulgaria 10
12 1999 Bolzano   Italy 11
13 2000 Funchal   Portugal 12
14 2001 Koblenz   Germany 12
15 2002 Moscow   Russia 12
16 2003 Bourges   France 12
17 2004 Copenhagen   Denmark 12
18 2005 Zalaegerszeg   Hungary 12
19 2006 İzmir   Turkey 12
20 2007 Ghent   Belgium 12
21 2008 Kyiv   Ukraine 12
22 2009 Plovdiv   Bulgaria 12
23 2010 Leipzig   Germany 12
24 2011 Sheffield   Great Britain 12
25 2012 Legnano   Italy 12
26 2013 Zagreb   Croatia 12
27 2014 Strasbourg   France 12
28 2015 Montreux   Switzerland 12
29 2016 Toruń   Poland 12
30 2017 Tbilisi   Georgia 12
31 2018 Novi Sad   Serbia 12
32 2019 Düsseldorf   Germany 12
33 2020 Minsk   Belarus 12
34 2021 Plovdiv   Bulgaria 12
35 2022 Antalya   Turkey 12
36 2023 Basel   Switzerland 12

Medal tableEdit

Updated after the 2022 European Fencing Championships.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Russia766767210
2  Italy725584211
3  France384366147
4  Hungary333450117
5  Germany332956118
6  Poland17234484
7  Romania16162658
8  Ukraine14173263
9  Switzerland751123
10  Estonia39921
11  Austria351018
12  Belarus2259
13  Spain2248
14  West Germany2215
15  Azerbaijan2035
  Georgia2035
17  Great Britain13812
18  Portugal1124
19  Israel1113
20  Greece0325
21  Bulgaria0213
  Netherlands0213
23  Belgium0202
24  Sweden0156
25  Denmark0101
26  Czech Republic0033
27  Czechoslovakia0022
28  Turkey0011
Totals (28 entries)3253254971147

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ottogalli, Six and Théret 2014, p. 91
  2. ^ Ottogalli, Six and Théret 2014, p. 133
  • Ottogalli, Cécile; Six, Gérard; Terret, Thierry (2013). L'Histoire de l'escrime. 1913–2013, un siècle de Fédération internationale d'escrime. Biarritz: Atlantica. ISBN 978-2-7588-0485-7. FIE100.

External linksEdit