Olympic Qualification – Luxembourg Men’s Sabre Update
HUNGARY, ITALY & GERMANY SECURE MEN’S TEAM OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION AS BAZADZE CONFIRMS INDIVIDUAL PLACE
Qualification for Tokyo 2020 continued at the weekend at the Luxembourg Men’s Sabre World Cup.
Going into the event Hungary, Italy and Germany held top four automatic qualification places behind a very strong Korean team. Russia sat in the additional European place eight points ahead of France and within striking distance of the top four.
A top four finish for both Hungary and Italy means that they are now confirmed as top four qualifier. Germany also finished in the top four meaning that they are now qualified and whilst they could be overtaken by Russia at the last Olympic qualifier, they can finish no lower than in the additional European place.
Russia and France were both knocked out at the quarterfinal stage and faced each other in the play-off match for fifth place. France won which means they now trail Russia by just six points going into that final qualifier.
The additional European individual places were occupied by French fencer, Bolade Apithy and Georgian, Sandro Bazadze ahead of the event. Apithy went out in the round of 64 and despite his teammate Anstett finishing in the top 8, Apithy can no longer be caught by Anstett. If France do not qualify by the team route, Apithy will qualify via the individual route. If France were to overtake Russia in team qualification Reshetnikov’s bronze medal in Luxembourg sees him trail teammate Ibragimov by a single point. Their individual results at the last qualifier could be crucial. In either scenario – France or Russia qualifying by team – one thing is now for sure. Sandro Bazadze of Georgia has qualified via the individual route for Tokyo 2020.
The final Men’s Sabre Olympic qualifier is the Budapest World Cup, 20-22 March.