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EBERT ENDS GERMANY'S WAIT FOR WOMEN'S FOIL EURO CROWN

18.06.2022 14:45

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WOMEN’S FOIL REPORT

Twenty-two-year-old Leonie Ebert from Germany claimed the first senior European fencing title since 2019 and Germany’s first women’s foil continental title since 1993 on day one of the Championships in Antalya, Turkey.

The World number ten came into the event having claimed a silver medal at the Belgrade World Cup in April, earning a bye through the first knockout stage. She went on to beat Poltz (HUN) 15-6, Wohlgemuth (AUT) by the same score and sixteen-year-old Stutchbury (GBR) 15- 9 to make her first ever major Championship semi-final.

In the semi-finals she faced Italy’s World number two Alice Volpi, who had taken three consecutive wins on the circuit this season. A composed and dominant display saw the German fencer ease to a 15-9 for her place in the final.

Her gold medal match opponent was also from Italy. Arianna Errigo, the World number eight and London 2012 Olympic silver medalist, won this event in 2016 and 2017. The attacking Italian started the final better going 3-0 up with her trademark aggressive style. Again, showing a great deal of composure, Ebert closed the distance to get herself level. This simple but effective tactic slowed Errigo down and Ebert was then able to time her attacks better to ease to a 15-11 victory and the European title.

The last time a German woman foilist stood on top of the continental podium was Anja Fichtel in 1993, before Ebert was born. Speaking shortly after the medal ceremony she said, “I’m totally overwhelmed and completely happy. I shared the podium with so many great Champions today and I was on top of it.” She went on to talk about her preparations for the event saying, “I had some injuries in the run up so it has been hard but I made it. Now I’m looking forward to the team event here and the World Championships in Cairo next month.”

Ebert will compete with teammate Anne Sauer, who made the quarterfinals of the individual event, on Monday.

The event continues with the Women’s Epee and Men’s Foil event on day two. The full schedule is available here.

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