This Olympic Fencing
The Olympic Fencing Tournament took place at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, which is part of the Darling Harbour Olympic precinct. There were ten events which consisted of three disciplines based upon weapons, the Epee, the Sabre and the Foil. In the men's events, Russia took two golds and a bronze (Wikipedia, 2013) . But it was dominance of Italy in the women's foil that put them top of the medal table for the fencing tournament. The European dominance of all the gold medals was almost complete, except for Kim Young-Ho of Korea who took gold in the men's individual foil discipline.
The original Olympic Games took place about 3,500 years ago but they didn't last. It was originally held during a religious festival honouring the Greek god Zeus. The Games were abolished in 393 A.D. by the Roman Emperor, Theodosius I, as he tried to suppress paganism. They restarted 1896 and were held in Athens, Greece. It was a great success. The International Olympic Committee had been formed two years earlier. The resurrection was an inspiration from Baron Pierre de Coubertin back in 1887. To be held every four years, as per Ancient Games, the Olympic Games became a great success. The first one to be held in Australia took place in Melbourne, 1956 (Sydney Olympic Games, 2010) . In 1993, Sydney was awarded the opportunity to host the 2000 Olympic Games. This was a chance for Australia to shine. And shine it did. The Sydney games broke so many records including ticket sales, attendances, transport,catering and most importantly, they finished fourth in the medal tables.
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