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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022 FOIL PREVIEW

06.06.2022 19:37

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THE ONES TO WATCH

The FIE World Cup and Grand Prix circuit is now complete as fencers in the zone focus next on the European Championship 2022 in Antalya, Turkey. As the excitement builds and with just two weeks remaining before the event begins, here is a guide on who to look out for in the foil events.

On the women’s side, Italy’s Alice Volpi started the season on fire, winning the first three circuit World Cups in St Maur, Poznan and Guadalajara. She also claimed bronze at the final ranking event, the Seoul Grand Prix. Those results combined mean that she’s ranked second in the World, ensuring that she will be the number one seed for the zonal event. Could 2022 be her year after finishing with bronze at the last three editions of the zonal tournament? It’s been a mixed bag this season for Europe’s second highest ranked fencer, Ysaora Thibus who will be representing France. She went out in the round of 64 at the Belgrade World Cup, made a top 16 finish in Tauber and two quarter-finals in Guadalajara and Seoul. She also boasts three European Championship bronze medals. Completing the top three highest-ranked European Women’s Foilists is another Italian, Arianna Errigo. She is a two-time European Champion (2016 & 2017). Similarly to Thibus, she has two quarter-final finishes this season, but six other Italians have been on the podium at the circuit events. So we’ll have to see if the Italian selectors pick her. Germany’s Anne Sauer and Leonie Ebert finished with gold and silver at the Belgrade World Cup making them contenders for the medals as well.

Italy will be favourites for the women’s team competition with two wins so far this season in St Maur and Tauber plus a silver Guadalajara and bronze in Belgrade. France will be hot on their heels too, having won in Belgrade and taking silver in Tauber. Behr and Kirschen teamed up with Ebert and Sauer to claim silver at the Belgrade World Cup for Germany and will also be targeting a podium finish in Turkey.

The men’s competition will undoubtedly be fiercely contested. The Italian trio of Olympic gold and silver medalist Daniele Garozzo, reigning European Champion Alessio Foconi and rising star Tommaso Marini, who has won two events this season, will be a force to be reckoned with. French fencer, Enzo Lefort has had a quiet season by his high standards with two finishes in the round of 32, two in the 16 and one quarter-final. However, he had a breakthrough in 2019 winning bronze at the European Championships before claiming the World title. Olympic bronze medalist and pop star, Alexander Choupenitch from the Czech Republic hasn’t had his best season but will fancy his chances of making the podium in Antalya.

The Italians will go into the event as favourites for men’s team competition having won three of the four ranking tournaments this season as well as taking bronze at the Cairo World Cup. France though is currently ranked number one in the World and have claimed two silver medals plus a bronze this season. Their combination of youth (Loisel and Sido) plus experience (Lefort and Mertine) will be a challenge for anyone. Germany, Poland and Hungary will all be in the mix.

The Championships will open with the Women’s Foil individual event on 17 June with the Men’s Foil competition taking place the following day. Foil returns for the Women’s team event on 20 June followed by the Men’s team on 21 June.

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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