DOUBLE EPEE GOLD FOR RUSSIA ON THE FINAL DAY IN CAIRO
World Championships 2021 Report – Day 9 Team Epee
Day nine of the Cadet & Junior World Championships saw the conclusion of the epee events with Russia taking gold in both the men’s and women’s Junior Epee team finals.
In the women’s event Russia (Bermurzova, Gzyunova & Murtazaeva with Khaertdinova in reserve) faced Spain (Arribas, Raposo & Zugasti with Lixandru in reserve) in the final. Spain impressed on route to the final beating number three seeds, the USA 45-42, but were no match for their gold medal match opponents. Having fallen behind 5-2 after leg one Russia took over the lead from the end of the second and went on to take the World Championship title with a dominant 45-16 win.
Poland (Klasik, Klughardt & Zgryzniak with Janelli in reserve) took the women’s bronze medal, beating Egypt (Gaafar, Hussein & Tarek with Hafez in reserve) 45-29 in the play-off.
The men’s final saw number one seeds, the USA (Lawson, Matveev & Szapary with Kumashi in reserve) against number two, Russia (Gurov, Sarkisyan & Udovichenko with Lomaga in reserve) facing off for gold. A solid tactical start saw the USA leading 9-6 after three legs but the Russian team had the better of the middle of the match to lead 22-19 after six fights. A dramatic finish saw the USA draw level in the final leg but the Russians pulled ahead just before time ran out, winning 43-41, to take the second World title of the day.
Egypt (Elsayed, Ramadan & Yasseen with Abdelbaky in reserve) beat Ukraine (Hoida, Koshman, Trofymenko with Mykytenko in reserve) 45-37 in the bronze medal play-off.
The overall results of the Championships meant that Russia led the final medal table, from the USA and Korea with Poland finishing fourth.
That concludes the 2021 Cadet & Junior World Championships. Congratulations to the Egyptian Fencing Federation and the FIE for successfully putting the event on.
Full results here.