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As the pre-Olympic season nears its close, the lineup for the Rio Games is almost settled.

The top individuals and top national teams have been awarded places after an exciting year on the World Cup circuit. Victory at our own Dublin satellite helped Dutch épéeist Bas Verwijlen win the final European individual place.

Our fencers will have a final chance to earn a place on Team Ireland in Brazil this summer.  Fifteen zonal places are at stake at the European continental qualifier, which will take place in Prague on Saturday, 16 April 2016.  

At épée and at Men’s Foil, the fencer who wins the April 16 tournament will qualify for the Olympic Games. At sabre and at Women’s Foil, the top four fencers will be awarded a place at the Rio Olympics. Nations who have already qualified one or more fencers will be unable to submit entries for the zonal.

Fencing Ireland is entitled to send one fencer at each weapon to the continental qualifier. In accordance with the selection criteria set out earlier in the season, the following athletes have been selected.

Men's Épée   Benedict Chambers
Women's Épée   Jennifer McGeever
Men's Foil   Brendan Cusack
Women's Foil   Victoria Duxbury
Men's Sabre   Stephen Concannon
Women's Sabre Szabina Matyas


Click the event names to view the list of international fencers contesting each European qualifier. To learn more about Olympic qualification routes for fencing, follow the links.

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