The 2014 Fencing World Championships kick off with the preliminary rounds for men’s and women’s sabre on Tuesday, July 15th. This promises to be a week full of great fencing along with the requisite surprise performances and upsets.
For the USA, Miles Chamley-Watson looks to defend his crown in Men’s Foil and Mariel Zagunis to defeat reigning world champion Olga Kharlan in Women’s Sabre. This is one of the strongest US fencing teams to date, with a combined 12 fencers ranked in the top-16 of their individual disciplines! The top ranked US team is the Women’s Sabre team, currently ranked 3rd.
The events will be live-streamed via YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/FIEvideo
Format for individuals:
- Top 16 fencers in FIE world rankings get an automatic bye to the final DE table of 64.
- Preliminary pools of 6 or 7 fencers
- Top 16 fencers from the pools get placed in the 17-32 spots of the final DE table of 64
- Remaining fencers are placed in DE tables (% cut from pools??) and fence DE’s of 15 until 32 remain.
- The last 32 from the preliminary DE tables are put in spots 33-64 on the final DE table of 64
- DE of 64 runs single elimination until the finals. No fence off for 3rd.
Format for team events:
- Teams are placed in a DE table based on FIE world ranking
- Winners advance on
- Losers go to losers brackets to fence for place (up to 16th)
- There is a bronze medal match
July 15th: Women’s Sabre and Men’s Sabre Prelims
July 16th: Women’s Foil and Men’s Foil Prelims
July 17th: Women’s Epee and Men’s Epee Prelims
July 18th: Men’s & Women’s Sabre DE 64
July 19th: Men’s & Women’s Foil DE 64
July 20th: Men’s & Women’s Epee DE 64
July 20th: Team Sabre through round of 32
July 21st: Men’s & Women’s Team Sabre Round of 16 to Finals
July 21st: Men’s & Women’s Team Foil through round of 32
July 22nd: Men’s & Women’s Team Foil Round of 16 to Finals
July 22nd: Men’s & Women’s Team Epee through round of 32
July 23rd: Men’s & Women’s Team Epee Round of 16 to Finals