Olympic Qualification – Katowice Women’s Foil Update
The first event in 2020 for women’s foilists took place in Poland at the Katowice World Cup this weekend. It also signaled the resumption of qualification for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Ahead of the event Russia, Italy and France occupied the top three automatic team spots in the rankings with Hungary six points ahead of Poland in the race for the additional European place.
Russia won the team event in Poland beating France (45-42) in the final as Italy took the bronze medal with victory (45-18) against the USA. So, Russia, France and Italy increase their lead on the chasing pack and all three have now confirmed their place at Tokyo 2020 in the women’s team foil category.
The rivals for the additional European place Hungary and Poland faced each other in the seventh place play-off, having gone out in the quarterfinals to Italy and Russia, respectively. Hungary won that match 40-33 to increase their lead to eight points. They will be strong favourites to win that race at the final qualifying World Cup in Kazan (21-23 Feb).
In the individual standings Leonie Ebert of Germany was the leading European fencer and she made the round of 32 in Katowice so remains at the top. Despite only making the round of 96, second placed Maria Diaz of Spain holds on to the last European place. However, both Israel’s Nicole Pustilnik and Julia Walczyk of Poland made the top sixteen in Katowice and are still in the qualification race with three events still to go.
The women’s foilists will next be in action at the Turin Grand Prix, 7-9 February.