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Competition Format

Individual Events

The competition will be decided by direct elimination. Athletes will be placed into a table of 64 or 32, with byes allocated where necessary. The ranking of athletes will be according to the official FIE rankings, at a cutoff time to be determined by FIE and as modified by the event draw, in accordance with FIE Rules and Statutes.

Each bout at each stage of the tableau will consist of three rounds of three minutes each, with one minute between rounds. In the sabre competition, the first round will be completed when either athlete reaches 8 hits. If the third round is completed before either athlete reaches 15 hits, the athlete with the most hits will be declared the winner. Where the score is tied at the expiration of time, another one minute of fencing time will be given. The athlete to score the first touch (single hit in the case of epee) will be declared the winner. Prior to the commencement of the final minute, the referee will conduct a draw between the two competitors. If scores remain tied at the conclusion of the extra minute of competition, the winner of the draw shall be declared the winner of the bout. The final four athletes in each event will proceed to the finals series to be conducted on a final piste.

The finals series will comprise two semifinals, the match for the third and fourth places and the match for the first and second places.

The ranking of the finalists for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth place will be according to their original indices.

Team Events

The team competition will consist of teams of three athletes and it will be decided by direct elimination. The qualified teams will be placed on a table of 16 or 8, with byes allocated where necessary. The ranking of the teams will be done by the Official FIE World Ranking by team.

Each match at each stage of the tableau will be 45 touches. The first team to reach 45 touches will win. Each match will consist of nine bouts, with a maximum of three minutes each.

Each bout will continue until the first athlete makes the five touches, or the time for the bout expires. If the ninth bout is completed before either team reaches 45 touches, the team with the most touches will be declared the winner. Where there is a tie at the expiration of time, one extra minute of fencing time will be given. The team to score the first touch (single hit in the case of epee) will be declared the winner. Prior to the commencement of the final minute, the referee will conduct a draw between the two teams.

If scores remain equal at the conclusion of the extra minute of competition, the winner of the draw shall be declared the winner of the match.

The matches of the finals series will be conducted on a final piste.

The finals series will comprise of the match for the third and fourth places and the match for the first and second places.

The ranking for all subsequent places shall be fenced out.

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