Peter Joppich : Profile and Biography
Peter Joppich (December 21st, 1982 – ) is a German foil fencer and 5 time world champion in the individual event and once for a team event. Joppich has competed in 2 Olympiads till date (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) but did not place in either. Since then he has upped his game to make him one of the top medal hopefuls in the foil fencing event.
Joppich has been a competitive foil fencer for many years. His first major success in the sport came in the early 2000’s when he won the World Championship in 2003. He attributed the leap from a mid-level contender to the top to Uli Schreck, a former German Olympic gold medalist in the sport.
Fencing has three different categories- foil, sabre, and épée. In this category, athletes score by hitting the torso (including the back) of an opponent with the tip of the foil. One cannot score with the side of the blade or by touching the arms or legs. The foil is made up of a low-carbon steel that is designed to bend on contact to prevent the blade from breaking or injury to an opponent. The blade can be no longer than 90 cm, and the length of the weapon cannot be longer than 110 cm.
Fencing has three categories. Described above is one of the three. Can you find out the difference between the other two? They are: sabre and épée.
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