A specific type of fencing bout. Instead of a normal four minute bout, a direct elimination bout consists of three 3 minute periods, with a one minute rest period after each bout. The first fencer to accumulate 15 touches wins the bout.

If neither fencer has scored 15 touches when time expires, the fencer who has scored more points is declared the winner. If the score is tied, than the referee randomly determines priority. A one-minute overtime is fenced, and the first fencer to be awarded a touch is declared the winner. If neither fencer scores a touch at the end of overtime, the fencer who won priority wins the bout.

Generally, direct elimination bouts comprise the second stage of a fencing competition, wherein the competition takes on a bracketed tournament style after seeding has been determined by the pool round.

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