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So this video from the '84 Olympics was posted here a few days ago and it was pretty interesting to watch, but man was it weird. All of the running!!
Anyways, was hoping to get some enlightenment on what it was like back then. It certainly seems very different stylistically, and not just because of the allowance of cross-overs. A lot of points where neither fencer is attacking, and they look like a pair of epeeists bouncing in place.
The weirdest rule has got to be the 2-meter warning thing. I kind of what is happening, if you're run off the end of the strip you get a second chance, but isn't that terribly unfair to the fencer who was being aggressive? It seems that in almost all cases, the fencer who was run off then was able to push away from the end rather than getting run off twice in a row. How did this rule ever get made in the first place?
The coin flip to give priority in case of repeat simo calls should make a come back though I think...
Anyways though, thats my takeaway from this, but I'm sure I'm missing a lot of what is going on, and was hoping someone might be able to offer more insight. Any other screwy rules going on at the time? And I doubt there would be anyone here with first hand recollections, but how different was this 80s era stuff from way earlier, like the 30s or so? Wasn't able to find any videos earlier than the 70s (Well, I found this, but, well... skip about a minute in and you'll see...).
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