HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) – Fencing has been part of the Summer Olympics since the Athens Olympics in 1896 and has been an integral part of it ever since.
While the idea may seem simple, execution is all about precision and focus.
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Women got their first chance in this sport at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. Since then, no woman has ever won gold in the USA, until this year Lee Kiefer became the first person to win gold in an individual competition against Russian Olympian Inna Deriglazova.
The official Olympic website states: “Two competitors, each holding a weapon in one hand, face each other to strike their opponent on a valid target area of the body. There are three different events: foil, rapier and saber. Weapons, target area and priority rules differ between these events. “
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The morning team of Brenda Matute, Sydney Gray and Freddy Vela joined former UTPA fencing instructor Octavio Saenz to learn a little about the sport and find out how difficult fencing really is.