12 Best Fencers in the World

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Even a glance at this sport gives us chills. But, for a fan of swordplay, this game is the one! But, do you want to know who the best fencer in the world is? 

Yes, it’s a risky sport, where if something goes wrong, one could get seriously injured. But, despite this, people still love this sport. Given, it takes us back to the medieval era when swordfight was a thing. 

Fencing in Greece. Athenaikos Fencing Club.
Fencing in Greece. Athenaikos Fencing Club. (Source: Wikimedia)

So, aren’t you excited to know more about the best fencers in the world? 

12 Best Fencers in the World 2024

Our today’s ranking is based on the ranking done by the International Fencing Federation (FIE)

In today’s ranking, we have compiled the top Fencers from both the male and female categories and listed them according to their points. In a sport thought to be dominated by males, women have the higher number and the top spots. 

Rank Player Name Country Hand Points
12 Yamada Masaru Japan R 126
11 Kong Man Wai Vivian Hong Kong, China L 127
10 Popescu Ana Maria Romania L 134
9 Candassamy Marie-Florence France R 137
8 Reizlin Igor Ukraine R 155
7 Santarelli Andrea Italy R 162
6 Choi Injeong Korea R 162
5 Siklosi Gergely Hungary R 170
4 Limardo Gascon Ruben Venezuela L 172
3 Romain Cannone France R 180
2 Sun Yiwen China L 197
1 Katrina Lehis Estonia L 211

12. Yamada Masaru

Competing in global Fencing competitions, Yamada Masaru is a Japanese professional fencer. 

Moreover, Masaru began fencing in grade two of primary school in Toba, Japan. According to him, he joined the sport because it seemed to suit his physique. Besides, this right-handed fence master trains at the Japan Self-Defence Force Physical Training school.

Masaru considers Oleksandr Gorbachuk, his coach, to be the most influential figure. Talking about his job, Masara works as a Japanese Armed forces Athlete.

Yamada Masaru (Source: FIE)

Unfortunately, in 2020, Masaru had to undergo surgery for slipped disc.

Now, talking about his awards, this 12th ranking best fencers globally has plenty to showcase.

Some of them are Excellence Award at the 2018 Asaka Citizen Sports Award, Toba City Sports Excellence Award, Mie Prefecture Sports Special Achievement Award. 

11. Kong Man Wai Vivian

Nicknamed the “Queen of Swords,” Kong Man Wai Vivian is one of the best fencers in the world. 

That is to say; this Hongkong beauty started playing fencing at the early age of 11. However, fencing isn’t the only sport Vivian is good at. She is a black belt in Taekwondo and a very proficient dancer. 

Kong Man Wai Vivian. (Source: FIE)

Above all, it was her father’s suggestion that she tried fencing and nailed it. According to Vivian, fencing is like the ballet of sports, which is very elegant. This is why she loves it soo much. 

Talking about her training, this left-handed fencer does yoga before starting with fencing. 

Other than this, Vivian was the 2019’s Female Athlete of the Year in Hong Kong. 

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10. Popescu Ana Maria

Ranked 10th in today’s ranking, Popescu Ana Maria is a Romanian professional fencer who is considered to be one of the best fencers in the world.

Talking about her career, Maria started fencing in 1996. This was when her brother took her to his club’s fencing hall. Watching the sport firsthand left a lasting impression on her. As a result, she started training.

Popescu Ana Maria. (Source: FIE)

It seems fencing was the sport for her because she became the national champion of her age category within just six months of training.

Now as for her achievements, Maria received a Sports Merit Order Class I from the government of Romania in 2016. And in the same year, she was named an Honorary Citizen of her town. 

9. Candassamy Marie-Florence

 Begining to fence at the early age of seven, Candassamy Marie-Florence is a French fencer who happens to be one of the best fencers in the world. 

Inspired by her father, she went on to carry the legacy of her father and became an elite like him. Playing right-handed, Florence hones her skills at the National Institute of Sport in Paris. 

Candassamy Marie-Florence. (Source: FIE)

Besides fencing, Florence works at Paris University Club as a sports teacher. In addition, she has a Master of Arms diploma in fencing. 

8. Reizlin Igor

Born in Izmail, Ukraine, Reizlin Igor started fencing at the early age of eight. Born into a fencing household, it wasn’t a surprise that Igor would follow in his parent’s footsteps. 

Trained by his father, Dmytro Reizlin, Igor was one of the best fencers in the world. Not to mention, he ranks 8th in the ranking. 

Igor Reizlin, 2014.
Igor Reizlin, 2014. (Source: Wiki)

Above all, Igor won bronze (individual) and silver (team) in epee at the 2019 World Championships. Later on, he became the Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. 

Ranking 8th in the FIE, Reizlin Igor has undoubtedly caught a lot of attention and love from his hometown. People of his country love him and praise him any time they get a chance to. 

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7. Santarelli Andrea

Ranked 7th in the ranking for the best fencers globally, Santarelli Andrea is an Italian professional fencer of GS Fiamme Oro in the FIE. 

Apart from this, Andrea is a handsome young man who happens to be an extremely talented fencer. Starting at the age of six, his cousin inspired him to get into fencing. 

Santarelli Andrea. (Source: Facebook)

Andrea, in fact got soo much hooked on the sport that his parents had to drag him away from the gym. Andrea trained every day at the Foligno Fencing Club as a young man. This is where all the magic happened. 

Andrea said he wanted to win gold medals at the Olympics when asked about his goal. 

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6. Choi Injeong

Korean professional fencing champion Choi Injeong is one of the most prominent fencers in the world. Not to mention, she is ranked 6th in the global ranking. 

Besides, Injeong started fencing when she was in junior high school. This was when her coach saw her do the long jump during physical education class, impressed by her physique, her coach invited her to join the fencing club.

Choi Injeong, 2012 London Olympic Games (Source: Wikimedia)

A decision well made because this resulted in becoming one of the best fencers in the world. 

Aside from this, Injeong received the Citizen Honour Award in 2012 in Geumsan County, South Korea.

5. Siklosi Gergely

Nicknamed Gergo, Siklosi Gergely is a left-handed Hungarian pro fencer who is also among the best fencers in the world. 

Starting fencing from the early age of seven, Gergely became a prominent figure in the world fencing scenario. 

Sinklosi Gergely. (Source: FIE)

Aside from fencing, Gergely likes to play basketball, travel, sail, and spend time with his friends. 

In addition, Gergely serves in the Hungarian Army’s Sports Squadron.

4. Limardo Gascon Ruben

Born in Poland, Limardo Gascon Ruben started fencing at seven. 

Well, for Ruben, his love for the sport started when his uncle taught him how to fence. As his love for the sport grew more and more, Ruben gained a significant amount of skill in fencing with his right hand. 

However, due to a skateboard accident at age 12, he was forced to change to his left hand and remaster it again.

Ruben Limardo (Source: Wiki)

Later on, Gascon became the Hall of Famer of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) in 2020. Before this, he was also the 2015’s Sportsman of the year in Bolivar, Venezuela.

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3.  Romain Cannone

Number one men’s category, Romain Cannone is one of the best fencers in the world. 

Just like most fencers in the ranking, Romain also began fencing from a very young age. In other words, Romain started fencing at age 12. This was when his family was living in New York City.

However, for Romain, his cousin got him into the sport. Watching his cousin play made him want to play the sport too. 

Cannone Romain.
Cannone Romain. (Source: FIE)

As for his training regiment, Romain trains for four hours every day at the National Institute for Sport.

Aside from this, Romain is a gold medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Following this, Romain was named the 2021 Fencer of the Year by the French Fencing Federation.

2. Sun Yiwen

Just as her name portrays, Sun Yiwen shines bright like the Sun when it comes to fencing. Not to forget, she is the 2nd ranking best fencer in the world. 

Born in China, Yiwen started fencing in 2006 in Yantai, China. Encouraged to join the sport by coach Xu Zhaowei, Yiwen joined and soon fell in love with the sport. 

Sun Yiwen (Source: FIE)

Besides, this left-handed beauty is also called the Fencing Goddess. Plus, she was titled an Elite Athlete of International Class in 2014 by the General Administration of Sport of China. 

Yiwen likes to listen to music during her free time, get involved in sports, play video games, and love fashion. 

1.  Katrina Lehis

Finally, number one in our today’s ranking is  Katrina Lehis. Born in Estonia, Katrina began fencing in 2004. 

So, just like Yiwen, Katrina was also suggested by her coach to join fencing. However, in Katrina’s case, it was due to her height, the coach thought it would add a benefit to the sport.

Well, her coach was right because she went on to be the best in the world.

Katrina Lehis, 2015. (Source: Wikimedia)

Now, talking about her achievements, Katrina was the Female Fencer of the Year 2018, 2019, and 2020 by the Estonian Fencing Federation.

Similarly, Katrina and her teammates also received the Best Female Multiple Athlete Event of Tokyo 2020 prize at the 2021 Association of National Olympic Committees Awards.


Fencing is thought to be the sport dominated by men, in fact, the sport seems to be dominated by women. 

However, as interesting as the sport gets, it is also equally risky. No athlete mentioned in the rank hasn’t escaped without an injury related to the sport. When asked if it was worth it, every athlete happily says, ‘big time.’ 

So, which fencer did you find most fascinating? Make sure to let us know. 

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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