Fencing is one of four sports which have been featured at every one of the modern Olympic Games. Three types of swords used in Olympic fencing:
Foil—a light thrusting sword that targets the torso, including the back, but not the arms. Hits are scored only with the tip; hits with the side of the blade do not count. Only a single hit can be scored by either fencer at one time. If both fencers hit at the same time, the referee uses the rules of "right of way" to determine which fencer gets the touch.
Sabre—a light cutting and thrusting sword that targets the entire body above the waist, except for the hands. The sabre is primarily used to slash, so hits with the side of the blade as well as the tip are valid. "Right of way" applies—only one fencer can score at a time.
Épée—a heavy thrusting sword that targets the entire body. All hits must be with the tip and not the sides of the blade. Épée allows simultaneous hits by both fencers.
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