Aron Szilagyi Szilagyi Wins Fencing Sabre Gold – London 2012 Olympics


Full highlights of Hungary’s Aron Szilagyi’s Gold medal win against Italy’s Diego Occhiuzzi in the Men’s Fencing Sabre at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Fencing was included for the first time at the 1896 Games in Athens, and has remained on the Olympic programme since then. The women’s fencing competition entered the Games in 1924 in Paris. Today, men and women compete in individual and team events, in which three types of weapon are used: foil, epee and sabre. The foil was, at first, the only weapon used by women, until the 1996 Games in Atlanta, when women’s epee was introduced. Women’s sabre appeared for the first time on the Olympic programme in Athens in 2004.

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  1. Fencing isn’t about “killing” your opponent. It’s not supposed to be a simulation of a real sword fight. It’s not simply poking your opponent before they poke you. It’s about tricking your opponent. This sport requires a lot of athleticism, thinking skills, and focus.

    In slow motion, you can see the fencers advance, retreat, attack, parry (block), feint (fake an attack), etc. in just a couple of seconds. Agility and technique matters a lot. Even if you parry, it’s possible for your opponent to still hit you if you didn’t parry correctly or not quickly enough.

    Thinking skills matter more than just simply being athletic. For example, you have fast reflexes and are able to parry and retreat very quickly, but your opponent actually faked their attack and hits a spot that you opened up by parrying.

    Unpredictability makes it harder for you to do specific actions in time, b/c you wouldn’t really know what to do until it’s too late. Plus, it can scare you a little, which distracts you a little, making it easier for them to go for the attack.

    There’s also a LOT of rules that come into play, which makes everything much more complicated than what I explained.

    Fencing is called physical chess for a reason.

  2. This sport has been warped by the electronic systems used to judge it. It seems comical to call those sabres.

  3. I think Fencing should be split in the Olympics. One for Sports Fencing and another with more realistic and traditional fencing

  4. I feel bad for the Italian guy, he was really going for it but the Hungarian guy had such precise strikes, would have been nice to see him parry them

  5. I’m glad that the opponent checked on the guy. Seemed like he twisted his ankle or got a cramp.


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