London 2012 fencing: Google Doodle reveres the sport

30 Jul 2012

Google has been spewing out a flurry of Doodles in the past few days to honour the start of the London 2012 Olympics. Today on its homepage the search giant depicts Olympic fencing, with the sport being one of the few to have featured at every modern Olympic Games since the first in 1896.

To honour the sport of fencing, Google has pulled the letter ‘l’ out of its name in the Doodle, which includes two fencing Olympians.

Yesterday’s Doodle featured a female diver about to somersault into a Googlised pool, while Saturday’s Doodle was all about archery and London 2012.

London 2012 Google Doodle diving

As for fencing, French has been the language of the sport since 1573.

Yesterday was day two of the London 2012 fencing competition, which will run until 5 August. The field of play is taking place on a piste, 14 metres long and between 1.5m and 2m wide.

Individual fencing bouts run for three periods of three minutes each, or until one fencer has scored 15 hits against his or her opponent. Hits are recorded electronically using wireless technology.

Yesterday, 22-year-old Aron Szilagy claimed Hungary’s first gold of 2012 when he won the men’s Sabre individual event. And on Saturday Italian Elisa Di Francisca took home gold after winning the women’s Individual Foil.

Fencing-wise today, the main event at London 2012 will be the Women’s Individual Epee, should you be tuning in.

Source: London 2012

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic