Fencing as a sport has appeared at every modern Olympics with Men’s events in all 3 weapons appearing from 1896. Women’s sabre was the last weapon to enter the Olympics, making its first appearance at Athens in 2004.

The modern sabre is both a cutting weapon and a point weapon, although hits are scored primarily with the cutting edge of the blade.

 
 

The modern sabre is both a cutting weapon and a point weapon, although hits are scored primarily with the cutting edge of the blade. The sabre is known as a “conventional” weapon with rules of priority governing the timing of offensive and defensive actions.

Priority is given to the attacker who initially straightens his arm and continuously threatens the target with the point or the cutting edge. The president decides which fencer has priority if both sides register a simultaneous hit.