Kryvytska, Choupenitch & Teodosiu Secure Tokyo Olympic Qualification in Madrid
European Olympic Qualifier Day One Report
The final chance for European fencers to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games began today in Madrid with events for Women’s Epee, Men’s Foil and Men’s Sabre.
In the Women’s Epee event, Olena Kryvytska of Ukraine and Germany’s Alexandra Ndolo were exempt from the poules and ranked first and second for the elimination stages. Both fencers progressed to the final with little drama but with only one spot up for grabs, only the winner would qualify. Kryvytska took a close fight 15-12 and completes European qualification for this discipline.
In the Men’s Foil event, Alex Choupenitch of the Czech Republic aced his poule and ranked first for the elimination stages. The only other two fencers not to drop a fight were Alex Tofalides of Cyprus and Ukrainian Yunes Klod. Choupentich progressed to the final in fine form as Tofalides and Klod headed on a semi-final collision course. Tofalides took that fight 15-12 to face Choupenitch for Tokyo qualification. The fencer from the Czech Republic was not to be deprived though, winning 15-6.
The final event on day one was Men’s Sabre. The three highest ranked fencers, Iulian Teodosiu of Romania, Great Britain’s William Deary and Andriy Yagodka of Ukraine, were exempt from the poules. Turkey’s Enver Yildirim was the only fencer to win all of his poule matches and joined the three ranked fencers in the semi-finals. Yildirim was no match for Teodosiu who beat him 15-3 as Yagodka defeated Deary 15-9. The final was a little closer but Teodosiu took the final Men’s Sabre qualification spot with a 15-9 victory.
The event in Madrid concludes tomorrow with competitions in Men’s Epee, Women’s Foil and Women’s Sabre with only the winners claiming their place at the Games.
Further results are available here.