Jurka, Jelinska & Bashta Secure Final European Places for the Tokyo Olympic Games
European Olympic Qualifier Day Two Report
The final European places for fencing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were decided in Madrid today with events for Men’s Epee, Women’s Foil and Women’s Sabre.
In the Men’s Epee event, Jakub Jurka of the Czech Repbulic secured his place at the Games in fine style. Despite losing one fight in the first round, he ranked fourth for the elimination stages. Strong wins against Spain’s Yulen Pereira and Radoslaw Zawrotiak saw him make the final where he beat Jonathan Svensson from Sweden 15-8.
In the Women’s Foil event, Poland’s Martyna Jelinska stormed through her first round, ranking second for the elimination stages. She beat both Andrea Bimova of the Czech Republic and Sweden’s Ester Schreiber 15-10 to make the final where she faced Spain’s Maria Marino. The Spaniard had impressed on home soil, knocking out one of the favourites Nicole Pustilnik of Israel to make the gold medal match. A cagey fight followed but Jelinska took an early lead which she never gave up and won 12-9 on time to book her place in Tokyo.
The final event on day two was Women’s Sabre with Anna Bashta from Azerbaijan claiming the single Olympic place available. Her start wasn’t promising either, winning just three of her six first round matches and ranking bottom seed for the elimination stages. A tight 15-14 victory over Araceli Navarro of Spain was followed by a more comfortable 15-11 win against Sylwia Matuszak to make the final. There she faced Germany’s Anna Limbach and after another close match Bashta took the gold medal 15-13 and Olympic qualification with it.
That now concludes the qualification process for fencers from Europe.
Further results are available here.