An important term
in modern fencing
If, when regulation time expires in a fencing
bout, the score
is tied, then "priority" is given to one of the fencers through a simple game of chance
(usually just flipping a coin
). Then, a one minute overtime
period is fenced. If a single touch is scored by either fencer
, than that fencer is the winner. But, if neither fencer score a deciding touch by the end of the one minute, then the fencer with priority wins the bout.
Screwy, no? I personally think that priority
is a ridiculously silly rule
. Go to double or triple overtime
if necessary, because losing a close match because of the flip of a coin absolutely sucks and is no measure of one fencer's superiority over the other.