CZECH FENCER BIELESZOVA TAKES WOMEN’S EPEE TITLE
Close Encounter Sees Czech Fencer on Top of the Podium
European number nine, Veronika Bieleszova battled her way to the European Women’s Epee title today in Porec. The Czech fencer’s aggressive approach paid dividends and set an example for attacking epee fencers everywhere.
Bieleszova dropped one of her ranking round matches but was still ranked tenth for the knockout phase of the tournament. She went on to beat Orlova (LAT) 15-4, Klasik (POL) 15-10, Loehr (GER) 15-10 and European number ten Hecht (ISR) 15-11 to make the semi-finals. Europe’s best fencer in this discipline, Gaia Traditi (ITA) stood in her way next but Bieleszova continued with her attacking approach. She led 8-7 at the first break and did not ease off on her intensity, going on to win the semi-final 15-11.
In the other half of the draw, two Hungarian’s faced each other in the semi-finals. Eszter Muhari was ranked first for the eliminator and took out the Cadet silver medalist Bekmurzova (RUS) 15-10 on route to the top four. Her teammate Lili Buki was ranked higher going into the tournament but dropped a fight in the ranking round meaning she had a tough battle to the semi-final. It seems that battle hardened her for the all-Hungarian fight-off for a place in the final. Buki charged into the lead and then played a containment game. She led 10-6 at the break and despite a brave comeback from Muhari, Buki took the fight 15-13.
Clearly having watched Bieleszova throughout the day, Buki started the final fighting fire with fire. She was the much more attacking fencer at the start but the Czech fencer demonstrated that she can play the defensive game and led 9-8 at the first break. Bieleszova came out for the second period in much more aggressive fashion and the two drew level at 14-14 to ensure a thrilling finale. What a finale it was too. An exceptionally timed and well-executed hit to foot took Bieleszova to the European title 15-14.
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