Egypt (6) and Senegal (3) have won nine of the last 10 gold medals in men’s individual épée. The only exception in this run was Khaled Buhdeima (LBA) who won gold for Libya in 2013.
Last year Senegal (gold) and Egypt (silver and bronze) claimed all medals in this event.
Since 2004 Alexandre Bouzaid (EGY) has won a championship-high three gold medals in men’s individual épée, including gold in 2015.
Mohamed Ayoub Ferjani (TUN) can become the first fencer to win the men’s individual foil back-to-back at the African Championships since Alaa El Din El Sayed (EGY) in 2008 and 2009.
A gold medal would also see Ferjani equal El Sayed on a record three gold medals in men’s individual foil since 2004.
Ferjani will face stiff competition from 2014 gold medallist Mohamed Samandi (TUN).
Samandi (G1-S2-B3) can equal Tarek Fouad (EGY, G1-S3-B3) on a record seven medals in men’s individual foil since 2004.
Last year’s silver medallist Yemi Geoffrey Apithy (BEN) will make a bid to become the first gold medallist from Benin in men’s individual sabre (since 2004).
Apithy also claimed the men’s individual sabre silver medal at the 2014 African Championships.
Hichem Samandi (TUN), winner of the men’s individual sabre in 2013, could equal Mamadou Keita (SEN) and Mohamed Rebai (TUN) on a record two gold medals in this event since 2004.
Samandi claimed the silver medal at the 2004, 2010 and 2011 African Championships.
Egypt have won every edition of men’s team épée and men’s team foil since 2004.
In team épée Tunisia (5) and Morocco (4) have divided nine of the last 10 silver medals amongst them. Senegal (2012) is the only other country to have claimed a silver medal in this span.
In team foil Tunisia have claimed seven of the last 10 silver medals, with Algeria, Morocco and South Africa all claiming one.
Tunisia and Egypt have each won five of the last 10 gold medals in men’s team sabre. Egypt is currently on a three-edition winning streak (2013-2015). Tunisia set a four-edition winning streak between 2006 and 2010.
Sarra Besbes (TUN) has won the last seven editions of the women’s individual épée.
The last winner before Besbes’ reign was Mona Hassanein (EGY) who won this event in 2008.
Since 2004 either Tunisia (8) or Egypt (2) won the women’s individual épée.
Ines Boubakri (TUN) has won the last eight editions of the women’s individual foil. Shaimaa El Gammal (EGY) was the last winner prior to Boubakri’s streak (2006).
Azza Besbes (TUN) has won eight of the last nine gold medals in women’s individual sabre, including the last five. The only woman to break Besbes’ streak was Amira Ben Chaabane (TUN) in 2010.
The last nine editions of the women’s individual sabre were won by Tunisia. The last non-Tunisian to win this event was Sara Yahia (EGY) in 2004.
Tunisia have won nine of the last 10 gold medals in women’s team épée, including the last eight. Egypt (2006) were the only team to break Tunisia’s streak in this span.
Egypt (6) and Tunisia (4) have won the last 10 gold medals in women’s team foil.
Egypt (3) and Tunisia (4) also finished runners-up in women’s team foil in seven of the last 10 editions. Algeria (2) and Morocco (1) claimed the remaining thee silver medals in this span.
Tunisia have won the last 10 gold medals in women’s team sabre.
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