Formula of the competition

189 fencers
 
1 poules: round
 
173 fencers (189 at the start, 16 exemptions)
25 poules (23 poules of 7, 2 poules of 6)
Separation by : countries
130 qualifiers
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Direct elimination : 146 fencers
 
Preliminary tableau with 32 exemptions
32 qualifiers
 
Main tableau of 64