People are getting hilariously into the fencing and they're not quite sure why
One of the great things about the Olympics is that you can find yourself watching sports you’ve never showed an interest in and getting inexplicably gripped by them.
That’s exactly what happened to loads of people on Twitter when they started watching the fencing.
I am way more invested in #fencing than I ever thought possible— Neil Waggoner (@NeilWaggoner) August 7, 2016
I did not anticipate caring this much about #fencing— Lou (@aLouminumFalcon) August 7, 2016
Never thought I would be engrossed by #fencing— Andrew Strong (@gas1883) August 7, 2016
didn't think id enjoy fencing but OHMYGOD that was intense #fencing— francesca; (@pinkkbaekk) August 7, 2016
(Although not everyone was quite so drawn in…)
#Fencing proves that with enough rules even a sword fight can be boring as hell.— Fuad Alakbarov (@DrAlakbarov) August 7, 2016
You know how sword fighting is always exciting? What if it wasn't? #fencing— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 7, 2016
Maybe the appeal was because the competitors looked a bit ridiculous – like GB’s Richard Kruse and his Union Jack face.
Come on #fencing man, if you win the Queen will give you a human face— Martin Gaston (@squidmania) August 7, 2016
#fencing "Let's wear space chef costumes and try to hit each other with car aerials. Every time we hit, it beeps like the Operation Game."— Richard Littler (@richard_littler) August 7, 2016
Kruse was beaten to bronze by Russia’s Timur Safin – but he’s earned his sport a whole new legion of fans (for the time being at least).
Bad luck, Richard Kruse but you've still convinced us that #fencing is fantastic. You're our Zorro hero— Laura Cox (@laurabiding) August 7, 2016
Been a diehard fan of fencing for at least 43 minutes. Unlucky Richard Kruse. #Rio2016— colin murray (@ColinMurray) August 7, 2016