Modern pentathletes fence using an epee, which is a sharp-pointed duelling sword with its end blunted. The target area is the entire body from head to toe. Bouts last for one minute, or until one hit or touch is scored. Pentathletes fence every pentathlete in the competition, in a round robin format. Points are awarded according to the ratio of bouts won to bouts lost.
The ultimate part of the fencing competition is the Bonus Round, based on the results of the Fencing Ranking Round. The points achieved by the pentathletes in the Ranking Round are carried over to the Bonus Round.
The first bonus round bout is the pentathlete ranked last against the pentathlete one position above. The winner of the bout remains on the piste and the referee calls the next pentathlete ranked one position above. The Fencing Bonus Round continues until all pentathletes have fenced. Each victory in the bonus round corresponds to 1 point.
Canadian Olympian Melanie McCann (Mount Carmel, ON) during the Fence in the Finals at World Cup #1
Complete rules for Pentathlon are available on the Union International de Pentathlon Moderne Website:
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