Formula of the competition

49 fencers
 
2 poules: rounds
 
Round No 1
49 fencers
9 poules (4 poules of 6, 5 poules of 5)
Separation by : countries, clubs
49 qualifiers
 
Round No 2
49 fencers
7 poules of 7
Separation by : countries, clubs
39 qualifiers
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Qualification at the end of the poules on 2 rounds
Ranking at the end of the poules on 2 rounds
 
Direct elimination : 39 fencers
 
Direct tableau