A member of the Great Britain fencing team, Sophie Troiano, prepares for her event Photograph: David Levene for The Guardian

London 2012 Olympic fencing – in pictures

A member of the Great Britain fencing team, Sophie Troiano, prepares for her event Photograph: David Levene for The Guardian

Fencing, London 2012

Olympics Day 4 - Fencing

Mohamed Samandi of Tunisia competes against Husayn Rosowsky of Great Britain during the round of 64 Men's Foil Individual on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 2012 in London, England.

Natalia Sheppard of Great Britain in the Women's Foil Individual Round of 64 match on day one of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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A dance team performs during a timeout of preliminary women's basketball game between Canada and Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London.

A dance team performs during a timeout of preliminary women's basketball game between Canada and Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July in London.

Enzo Lefort of France battles Laurence Halsted of Great Britain during the Men's Foil Team Fencing Classification 5-8 on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 5, 2012 in London, England.

Enzo Lefort of France battles Laurence Halsted of Great Britain during the Men's Foil Team Fencing Classification on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 2012 in London, England.

Artur Akhmatkhuzin of Russia celebrates after beating Richard Kruse of Great Britain during the round of 32 Men’s Foil Individual on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 31, 2012 in London, England.    Photo by: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

Artur Akhmatkhuzin of Russia celebrates after beating Richard Kruse of Great Britain during the round of 32 Men’s Foil Individual on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 2012 in London, England. Photo by: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

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James Davis of Great Britain and Marcel Marcilloux of France compete during the Men's Foil Team Fencing Classification 5-8 on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 5, 2012 in London, England.

James Davis of Great Britain and Marcel Marcilloux of France compete during the Men's Foil Team Fencing Classification on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 2012 in London, England.

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Chieko Sugawara of Japan competes against Sophie Troiano of Great Britain in the women's Foil Team Fencing placement 7-8. Japan won. -day 6

Chieko Sugawara of Japan competes against Sophie Troiano of Great Britain in the women's Foil Team Fencing placement on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August

+ −  Great Britain's Richard Kruse (L) competes against Algeria's Victor Hamid Sintes during their mens individual foil qualifying bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on Aug. 7, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro.

+ − Great Britain's Richard Kruse (L) competes against Algeria's Victor Hamid Sintes during their mens individual foil qualifying bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on Aug. at the Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

Peter Joppich of Germany, right, reacts after winning his match against James-Andrew Davis of Great Britain during men's individual foil fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Peter Joppich of Germany, right, reacts after winning his match against James-Andrew Davis of Great Britain during men's individual foil fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July in London.

Alexy Cheremisinov of Russia and Jamie Kenber of Great Britain compete in the Men's Foil Team Final at the Fencing Invitational, part of the "London Prepares" series at ExCel in London, on November 27, 2011. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Alexy Cheremisinov of Russia and Jamie Kenber of Great Britain compete in the Men's Foil Team Final at the Fencing Invitational, part of the "London Prepares" series at ExCel in London, on November (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Husayn Rosowsky of Great Britain competes against Tarek Ayad of Egypt during the Men's Foil Team Fencing on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 5, 2012 in London, England.

Husayn Rosowsky of Great Britain competes against Tarek Ayad of Egypt during the Men's Foil Team Fencing on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 2012 in London, England.

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