HUNGARY CLAIM JUNIOR WOMEN’S SABRE EUROPEAN CROWN
Battai and Keszei add Junior Team Gold to Cadet Title
Number one seeds Hungary clinched the Women’s Sabre Team title in Porec, Croatia just a few days after winning the Cadet equivalent.
In their line-up Hungary boasted two fencers from their title-winning Cadet team as Sugar Katinka Batai and Kira Keszei formed a team with Lica Szucs plus Fanni Potz-Nagy in reserve. They beat Poland 45-32 and Turkey 45-26 to make the final.
Number three seeds Russia fielded the individual silver medalist Dariya Drozd, Alina Kliuchnikova, and Mariya Zinyukhina with Valeria Kobzeva in reserve. They squeezed past France 45-41 before taking out number two seeds Romania 45-26 on route to the gold medal match.
Russia led after the first leg with Kliuchnikova winning 5-4 against Szucs. It turned out to be the only time in the match that Russia would be ahead. Hungary were 15-8 up after the first three legs and despite strong outings from Kliechnikova and Zinyukhina the Russians were 30-21 down with three fights to go. Going into the anchor leg Hungary had extended that lead by one to 40-30. Even though Russia’s anchor, Kliuchnikova put in another good performance Battai took Hungary to the title 45-35.
Turkey beat Romania 45-41 to secure the bronze medal.