FRENCH GLORY AS VITALIS BEAT CANDASSAMY TO EUROPEAN TITLE
PRESS RELEASE: 19 JUNE 2019
Coraline Vitalis continues her climb with European Crown
Today, 24 year old Coraline Vitalis of France took her first major championship title on the third day of fencing’s European Championships in Dussledorf, Germany. She beat teammate, Marie-Florence Candassamy 15-11 in a highly charged but tactically dominated final. The pair beat Alexandra Ndolo of Germany and Ewa Trzebinka of Poland in the semi-finals, respectively, demoting them to the third step of the podium.
Vitalis squeezed through the ranking round winning just two of her six fights and was seeded a lowly sixty-third for the direct elimination stages. After taking care of second seed, Beate Christmann of Germany in the first knockout round, she showed her intent by beating Romania’s World number two, Ana Maria Popescu 14-13 in the next round. She didn’t have it easy in the rest of the draw but battled to the semi-finals, where she beat Alexandra Ndolo of Germany 15-12.
In the other half of the draw, Candassamy did not have an easy ride to the medal matches either. She impressed in beating former Russian World Champion, Violetta Kolobova 15-14 before knocking out Trzebinska in the semi-finals.
The gold medal match was as cagey as one can expect in a final between two teammates. The first period saw a lot of exploration but not a high scoreline as Candassamy scored the highlight hit to the foot. The start of the second period began in a tie at 3-3 but Candassamy kept a close distance to lure Vitalis into attacking. She scored with a “round the world” hit from behind her head to lead 10-8. Vitalis though, came out for the final period with her own pressing game and quickly levelled at 10-10. She continued to attack and took the all-French final 15-11 with room to spare.
Speaking after the medal ceremony, Vitalis said, “After a difficult poule I decided that I shouldn’t give up and now I am European Champion.” Vitalis and Candassamy will fence together in the team event for France in three days time.
The event continues tomorrow with the start of the team competitions in men’s foil and women’s sabre.
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