Pentathlon GB

Modern Pentathlon Epee Fencing

If you do not have a regular epee fencing coach and need some epee coaching and guidance, or you need somewhere to practice against other epeeist, we are willing to help you. You are more then welcome to come along any Friday night and fence epee.

We understand the requirements of fencing epee in Modern Pentathlon, so we can provide the coaching to best suit you and your sport.

Pentathlon Epee Fencing Discipline

The requirements are for athletes to fence all other competitors once, using electric epees. Bouts are fenced for one hit only and last a maximum of just one minute. Double hits are annulled and do not count. If neither fencer has scored a hit within the time limit, a double defeat will be recorded.

Pentathlon Epee Fencing Format:

  • Pentathletes rotate around the fencing salle in pairs;
  • Athletes fence all other competitors once using electric epees.
  • Bouts are fenced for one hit and last a maximum of one minute.
  • They must stay within the parameters of their fencing piste at all times during a bout.
  • To win a bout, fencers must make contact with any part of their opponent’s body with the tip of the epee.
  • A buzzer will sound when a hit has been made and a light on the scoreboard for that piste indicates who has won.
  • Double hits are annulled, the system is re-set and the bout continues for the remainder of the minute.
  • If neither fencer has scored a hit within the time limit, a double defeat will be recorded.

Scoring:

The value of a win varies with the number of competitors. Seventy per cent of bouts won corresponds to 1000 pentathlon points. At an international with 36 competitors, this means 25 bouts won equates to 1000 points with each victory or defeat worth 24 pentathlon points.

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Source: Pentathlon GB

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