ITALIAN GAROZZO CLAIMS SECOND EUROPEAN FOIL CROWN IN TURKEY
MEN’S FOIL REPORT
Twenty-nine year old Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Danielle Garozzo from Italy reclaimed the Men’s Foil European crown he won in 2017 on day two of the European Fencing Championships in Antalya, Turkey.
The World number two who also claimed silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games dropped a fight in the ranking round but emerged for the elimination stages seeded sixth. He went on to beat Tofalides (CYP) 15-7, Ettelt (AUT) 15-9 and Choupenitch (CZE) 15-6 before facing teammate Giorgio Avola in the semi-finals. A 15-10 win there secured Garozzo’s place in the final.
In the other half of the draw, break-through athlete of the season Tommaso Marini, also from Italy, battled his way through to the top four. There he faced French fencer Maximilien Chastenet who had defeated Alessio Foconi, the 2018 World Champion. Chastenet won that match 15-13 to prevent an all-Italian podium but Marini proved too strong in the semi-finals and went on to make the gold medal match 15-6.
The final began with the two fencers going toe-to-toe in the middle of the piste. Garozzo’s intention early on was clear – contain his tall opponent and limit twenty-two year old Marini’s opportunity to unleash his long attack. An electric fight ensued but Garozzo’s experience showed as he went on to win 15-9 in the second.
Speaking after the medal ceremony Garozzo said, “It was a fantastic day. Maybe I didn’t fence so well in the first round but I was better in the knockout stages. My spirit was good. I fought hard all day and I’m really happy.” He went on to talk about the team event adding, “Of course we want to win the gold. This season has been good for team Italy and we are performing very well. I want to win two gold medals here and then we will see what happens at the World Championships in Cairo in July.”
With all three Italians in the top four of the men’s foil individual they will be the team to beat on the last day of the Championships.
The event continues with the Men’s Epee and Women’s Sabre event on day three. The full schedule is available here.