Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best fencers from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Lima 2019 Pan Am Games features fencing as part of its competition program. It is an individual sport that combines wits and technique. The objective is to touch the opponent with a white weapon according to the discipline: foil, épée and sabre. In foil bouts, points are scored by hitting an opponent with the tip of the weapon, and all hits must target the torso, including the back and shoulders, but not the arms. Touches that happen outside the target area (off target) stop the action and are not scored. When using the épée, all hits must be done with the tip and not with the sides of the blade. As for the objective, contestants aim to touch any part of the opponent’s body. The sabre is a light cutting and thrusting weapon that targets the entire body above the waist, except for the hands. Hits with the blade’s edge and tip are valid. Off-target touches do not stop the action. Individual fencing matches last until 15 hits are scored or nine minutes of effective fencing time has elapsed. In the team event, nine matches are played in five-hit (or three-minute) intervals. The first team to score 45 hits wins.
Among its talents, the Peruvian fencing team has Eduardo García Biel, who claimed a gold medal for us at the Junior World Fencing Championship held in the city of San Salvador in 2016, thus opening the way for future victories. Biel made history by entering to the ranking’s top 10 in April 2017 and then climbing up to the 6th position in the junior category. Now after much effort and training, he hopes to reach the coveted spot on the Lima 2019 podium.
The 15th century brought the beginnings of the modern sport as swordplay guilds started to sprout up across Europe. Over the next two centuries, the introduction of lighter training weapons, the development of regulations and the use of a wire-mesh mask helped to increase this sport’s popularity.
Feint: A false attack that forces a fencer to react in such a way that it opens the door for a genuine attack.
Lunge: Basic footwork technique made with one foot forward and the back leg straight.
On-guard line: A line on each side of the center line where a fencer stands to begin or resume a bout.
Parry: A defensive play used to block the opponent’s blade.
Thrust: Extension of the arm and sword toward the opponent.