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10.06.2022 11:25



There’s only one week to go before the start of the European Championship 2022 in Antalya, Turkey. Epee features first on day two of the event and to prepare you for what’s to come, here’s a rundown of the season so far.

On the women’s side, Estonia’s individual Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, Katrina Lehis heads the rankings going into the event. Having claimed the title in 2018, a Grand Prix win this season in Doha followed by bronze at the next GP in Budapest, sets her up well. Marie-Florence Candassamy from France has rocketed up the World rankings this season and is the form fencer going into the event. Two silver medals at the beginning of the season sandwiched a bronze at the Doha GP, and she claimed her fourth podium place on the circuit at the last event in Katowice. Candassamy will be keen to turn her two European silver medals (2014, 2019) into gold in Antalya. Despite missing out on the podium so far this season, Europe’s third strongest in the field is Italy’s two-time World Championship winning, Rosella Fiamingo. Fourth seed, Hungary’s Anna Kun has had a fabulous season, winning her first two senior circuit medals – a silver at the Budapest GP and bronze at the World Cup in Katowice. Her steep climb into the World’s top ten, makes her a fencer to follow. Rounding out the top five is another Italian, Alberta Santuccio who claimed one podium place this season in winning the Budapest Grand Prix. In addition, Estonia and France have multiple podium-winning fencers this season, who will be contenders in Turkey.

The team event is wide open, with the major threats coming from Italy and France. Germany have also made the podium this season and despite Estonia not featuring in the medals the Olympic Champions will be a threat.

In the men’s competition, French Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion, Romain Cannone leads the World and therefore European ranking table. Gold, silver and bronze medals this season ensures that he will making a bid for his first ever zonal medal in Antalya. Italy’s Andrea Santarelli contests the Championships ranked second. The reigning European silver medalist has made four quarter-finals this season to add to the bronze medal he won at the Berne World Cup. Hungary’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medalist, Gergely Siklosi will be ranked third for the tournament. He has picked up two bronze medals on the circuit so far and will be in search of his first zonal medal in Turkey. Fourth seed, Yannick Borel of France heads into the event having won two of the three Grand Prix events this season. The three-time European Champion will be looking to regain the title he lost to Israel’s Yuval Freilich the last time the event was held in 2019. Ukraine’s Igor Reizlin completes the men’s top five and he has picked up two bronze medals during the season, having claimed Tokyo 2020 bronze last year. His teammate Volodymyr Stankevych struck gold at the final event of the season in Tblisi, a timely boost going into the event. Mate Koch of Hungary will also be in the mix having claimed three podium finishes this season.

In no particular order, France, Hungary, Ukraine and Italy will all start the event with their eyes on team medals. Germany and Switzerland will be looking to bring one or two of them down, such has been their promise this season.

The epee events begin on 18 June, the second day of the Championships, with the women’s individual event. The men’s individual follows the day after with a break of a day before the team events start.

For those unable to attend in person, the EFC will be livestreaming every day, 17-22 June and links will follow closer to the Championships. In the meantime full event details including the schedule can be found on the official website, here.

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