HUNGARY SECURE JUNIOR MEN’S TEAM SABRE EUROPEAN TITLE
The Hungarian Men’s Sabre Team Produce Magnificent Display to Take Last Porec Gold
Ranked only tenth for the tournament Hungary’s Men’s Sabre team blasted their way through the field to pick up the last Junior European Championship title in Porec, Croatia today.
Lining up with individual bronze medalist Krisztian Rabb, Kristof Nagy and Szabolcs Noseda with Matyas Baaken in reserve, Hungary had impressed early in the day. They beat Romania 45-26 and then number 2 seeds Spain 45-34 to make the gold medal match.
In the other half of the draw, number one seeds Italy fielded individual silver medalist Luca Fioretto, Mattia Rea and Giorgio Marciano with Pietro Torre in reserve. They beat Belgium 45-39 and Germany 45-35 to make the final.
Fioretto got the Italians off to a cracking start in the gold medal match, winning the first leg against Nagy 5-0 but Rabb and Noseda put the Hungarians into a 15-14 lead after three legs. The Hungarians appeared to grow in confidence and led 30-24 with three legs to go. The seventh leg was the turning point as Italian Rea was unable to score and Nagy came on for Hungary, handing over a 40-29 lead to his anchor Rabb. There was little Marciano could do for the Italians as Rabb took the fight and the title for Hungary 45-35. What followed were tremendous scenes of celebration for all concerned in the winning outfit – a great way to end what has been a fabulous tournament.
Russia beat Germany 45-18 to claim the bronze medal.