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European Fencers Secure Amazing Results at Fencing World Cups

14.11.2023 18:00

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This weekend witnessed European athletes dominating the fencing world cups held in various locations including Bern, Legnano, Istanbul, and Algiers.

 

 

Let's start with Algiers. It was a resounding success for European fencers as they triumphed in both the men's and women's individual sabre competitions. In the men's category, France's Bolade Apithy outperformed the Korean Olympic team event champion, Sanguk Oh, in a highly competitive final, with a close score of 15:14. It is interesting to note that Oh has just won his 15th World Cup medal, with this being only his second silver medal. Throughout his career, he has mostly won bronze or gold medals. Historically, whenever he has reached the final, he has almost always emerged as the winner. However, this time Apithy denied him that opportunity.

In the women's category, Sara Balzer emerged victorious over Ukrainian fencer Olga Kharlan in the final. The much-awaited pre-Olympic duel between two Greek fencers also provided excitement, with both claiming third place. Currently, Theodora Gkountoura holds the coveted Olympic ticket.

In the men's sabre team category, Italy emerged as the top-performing European team, securing a third-place finish by defeating Hungary in the bronze medal match. The United States claimed first place, with Korea finishing second. Germany put on an impressive display, securing 7th place, but falls just short of Olympic qualification for Paris at the moment.

In the women's sabre team category, Korea claimed first place, followed by France in second place. Hungary secured third place by winning over Ukraine in the bronze medal match. France, Hungary, and Ukraine are currently qualified for the Olympics.

Moving on to the men's epee competition in Bern, the local fencers thrived in the supportive atmosphere. Notably, swiss fencer Lucas Malcotti achieved his first-ever World Cup victory, overcoming compatriot Alexis Bayard in the final with a score of 15:13. Reigning World Champion Mate Tamas Koch from Hungary and Masaru Yamada from Japan claimed third place.

European teams dominated the podium in the men's epee team event, with France finishing first, followed by Italy and Hungary. All three teams are currently qualified for the Olympics.

In the women's epee individual event, Margherita Guzzi Vincenti from the US stood at the top of the podium, while Europe claimed the next three places: Pauline Brunner from Switzerland in second, Aleksandra Jarecka from Poland and Katrina Lehis from Estonia in third place.

In the women's epee team event, the Ukrainian team emerged triumphant, narrowly defeating Korea. This result currently secures them a European spot for the Paris Olympics. Poland, the reigning world champion, took home the bronze medal.

Lastly, the men's foil event was won by American fencer Alexander Massialas, with Olympic champion Ka Long Cheung finishing second. Italian fencers Giulio Lombardi and Giorgio Avola secured the third places.

In the men's foil team event, Italy sought redemption and claimed the gold medal, with Japan taking second place and the United States finishing third.

On behalf of the European Fencing Confederation (EFC) and the entire European fencing community, we extend heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and medallists. The outstanding performances displayed by European athletes lay a solid foundation for continued success en route to the Paris Olympics.

 

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