World Fencing Championships

Publication date: 05 Sep 2022

About the World Fencing Championships

The World Fencing Championship is an annual competition in the sport, organized by the International Fencing Federation (FIE). Contestants take part in competitions in:

  • foils;
  • epee;
  • sabres.

 Official website of the International Fencing Federation

2022 Fencing World Championships

The 2022 World Fencing Championship was held in Cairo, Egypt, from 15 to 23 July. Twelve medal events – six in team and individual events – have been raffled off. 

History of the World Fencing Championships

The first international fencing tournament took place in Paris in 1921. As the competitors came from different European countries, the status of the tournament was declared European.

In 1937, the FIE granted the tournament the status of the World Championship. At the same time, it admitted earlier tournaments as World Championships.

Epee competitions for men have been held since 1921 and for women since 1989.

Sabres events for men were introduced in 1922 and for women in 1999.

Men have been competing on foil since 1926. Women’s foil appeared in 1929.

In 1929, the first men’s team competitions – team foil competitions – took place. Team foil competitions for women have been held since 1932.

Fencing World Championships are not held during Olympic Games years.

Previous World Fencing Championships results

The year Venue Results/ Medal standings by country
2022 Cairo, Egypt 1st place – France (4 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze);

2nd place – South Korea (3 gold, 0 silver, 0 bronze);

3rd place – Italy (2 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze).

2019 Budapest, Hungary 1st place – Russia (3 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze);

2nd place – France (2 gold, 3 silver, 0 bronze);

3rd place – South Korea (2 gold, 0 silver, 2 bronze).

2018 Wuxi, China 1st place – Italy (4 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze);

2nd place – South Korea (2 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze);

3rd place – USA (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze).

2023 World Fencing Championships

It is already known that the next World Fencing Championships will be held in Milan, Italy. The exact dates of the competition are being finalized.

Keep an eye on the dates of fencing tournaments and other events in our Sports Events Calendar.

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