Which is quicker – a fencer or a race car?

Did you know that a fencer is as fast as a race car? Yes, seriously.

How much do you know about fencing? For most people, it's not much – a few seconds of quick moves, and a winner declared on the scoreboard. The speed of attacks and hits is so fast – it's quite hard to follow with an untutored eye.

Ukrainian fencer Olga Kharlan not only understands what's happening in those seconds, but also excels at scoring winning hits. Watch the video above to explore the lightning-fast movements in fencing and show what's hidden behind the victory.

How do fencing athletes manage to be so fast? "Because of the adrenaline, time flows differently", says Olympic champion Kharlan.

Fencing is an intellectual sport. In a split second, there's a connection of glance/brain/hand, taking the right decision and hit! The faster this connection is, the more victorious hits are made.

Fencing isn't about force. Rather, the ability to choose the right position and distance is the key. The faster fencer will 'step-lunge', which offers more chances to land a hit first. The speed of this move made by professional athletes can be compared to the acceleration of a race car.

What if we put Kharlan next to Alexander Grinchuk’s 600hp #RedBull350z, which accelerates up to 100km in four seconds, on the starting line? Many would be surprised by the outcome of this competition.

Watch the video above and see for yourself!

Source - https://www.redbull.com/us-en/the-sport-of-fencing-is-fast-as-lightning