A gold for Turkey in Women’s sabre and a Italy continue to dominate in foil
The final day of individual competion for the cadet European championships in Sochi saw Turkey added to the medal table as Denix Selin Unludag took victory in Women’s Sabre while in Men’s Foil the impressive heritage of Italy in the weapon continues as Fillipo Machi took the top pr
Cadet Men’s Foil
Jonas Winterberg Poulsen (DEN) arrived in the final after convincingly beating Maciej Bem (POL) in the first semi-final of the evening 15-8. Heading into the last-64 he had been seeded 25th but twice over-turned his seeding twice before knocking out the number 1 seeded German fencer Kerem Ecran in the quarter-finals.
His opponent in the final Filippo Macchi (ITA) had progressed through the rounds, starting the day as 3rd seed and progressed until he met his Italian team-mate Di Tommaso in the Semi-final. Carrying an injury into the semi-final and unable to move freely Di Tommaso withdrew from the contest while trailing 8-4 in the second period. His coaches wisely avoiding aggravating an injury for this talented young athlete.
Machi having progressed to the final against an injured opponent seemed to have a point to prove in the final but Poulsen was not going to be a pushover. In an extremely tight contest the two traded points and were neck and neck for most of the match neither fencer achieving more than a point lead at a time. The match had already reached 13-all by the end of the first period. The Italian came out stronger in the second period scoring quickly with a counter-riposte and then an attack in order to clame victory and the second gold for Italy in these championships to date.
1 MACCHI, Filippo ITA
2 WINTERBERG-POULSEN, Jonas DEN
3T DI TOMMASO, Alessio ITA
3T BEM, Maciej POL
Cadet Women’s Sabre
The women’s sabre finals saw a break to the dominance of Italian, Russian and Hungarian fencers who have occupied the majority of podium positions in the championships.
Deniz Selin Unludag (TUR) arrived in the final of the competition after a very strong showing from the Turkish Women’s Sabre team with her compatriot Nisanur Erbil finishing in the top-8 also. Unludag faced off against the Russian fencer Darya Drozd in the semi-final and came away a convincing 15-9 winner in that contest.
Meanwhile in the other semi-final Yoana Ilieva had battled her way to the narrowest of victories at 15-14 against Liza Pusztai (HUN) after an incredibly tense last few hits – the final hit coming as she began her attack fractionally earlier than her opponent.
Perhaps after using all her mental fortutide to eek out that close victory Ilieva was second-best to Unludag in the final, who straight from the blocks sprung to a 3-0 lead and never relinquished her grip on the match. Ilieva rallied valiantly to keep the score close but Unludag ran out a worthy winner and new Cadet European Champion with a score of 15-11.
1 UNLUDAG, Deniz Selin TUR
2 ILIEVA, Yoana BUL
3T DROZD, Darya RUS
3T PUSZTAI, Liza HUN