Review of the African Fencing Championships 15-19 April, Algiers


Alexandre Bouzaid (SEN) successfully defended his title in men's individual épée, recording his second back-to-back victory in this event at the African Fencing Championships.

Since 2004 Bouzaid has won a championship-high four gold medals in men's individual épée (2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016).

Egypt (6) and Senegal (4) have won 10 of the last 11 gold medals in men's individual épée. The only exception in this run was Khaled Buhdeima (LBA) who won gold for Libya in 2013.

Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (EGY) won his second gold medal in men's individual foil.

Abouelkassem previously won the title in 2012 and became the first fencer to win this event four editions apart (since 2004).

Only Alaa El Din El Sayed (EGY, 3 gold medals) has won this event more often than Abouelkassem (since 2004).

Abouelkassem's win ended a run of three consecutive gold medals for Tunisian fencers in men's individual foil at the African championships.

Mohab Samer (EGY) became the third Egyptian fencer in a row to win men's individual sabre. In 2014 Ziad Elsissy (EGY) won this event and in 2015 Mohamed Amer (EGY) took home the gold.

Egypt became the first country to win this event three editions in a row (since 2004). Tunisia (2004-2006), Senegal (2008-2009) and Egypt (2011-2012) all previously claimed the gold medal at two successive African Fencing Championships.

Egypt has now won every edition of men's team épée since 2004.

After claiming bronze at the 2014 and 2015 African Fencing Championships, Senegal now grabbed a silver medal. It was their first silver medal since 2012.

Egypt has won every edition of men's team foil since 2004.

Tunisia have claimed eight of the last 11 silver medals – including the last six – with Algeria, Morocco and South Africa all claiming one.

Tunisia has won men's team sabre for the first time since 2012, breaking Egypt's three-edition winning streak.

Egypt claimed silver in this event. In the last six editions of the African Fencing Championships (2011-2016), Tunisia (G2-S4) and Egypt (G4-S2) have won the gold and silver medals.

Algeria finished in third place and bagged their first African Fencing Championships medal in this event since 2004 (also bronze).


Sarra Besbes (TUN) has now won the last eight editions of women's individual épée.

The last winner before Besbes' reign was Mona Hassanein (EGY) who won this event in 2008.

Since 2004 either Tunisia (9) or Egypt (2) won the women's individual épée.

Ines Boubakri (TUN) has now won the last nine editions of women's individual foil. Shaimaa El Gammal (EGY) was the last winner prior to Boubakri's streak (2006).

Anissa Khelfaoui (ALG) claimed her first silver medal in this event. She had taken home the bronze in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Azza Besbes (TUN) has now won nine of the last 10 gold medals in women's individual sabre, including the last six. The only woman to break Besbes' streak was Amira Ben Chaabane (TUN) in 2010.

The last 10 editions of women's individual sabre were won by Tunisia. The last non-Tunisian to win this event was Sara Yahia (EGY) in 2004.

Egypt ended Tunisia's streak of eight consecutive gold medals in women's team épée.

It was Egypt's first gold medal in this event since 2006.

Tunisia has now won four of the last five editions of women's team foil (2012-2016). Only Egypt won in this period (2014).

Algeria finished in second place and are the only to claim a medal in each of the last three African Fencing Championships (S3, 2014-2016). Tunisia and Egypt are both on two medals in this streak.

Tunisia has now won the last 11 gold medals in women's team sabre.

Algeria claimed its first silver medal in this event (since 2003), after having taken home the bronze medal in 2014 and 2015.

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