Olympic Qualification – Montreal Women’s Sabre Update
Montreal, Canada hosted the first fencing Grand Prix of the year at the weekend where qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games continued for the Women’s sabre fencers.
With no team event at a Grand Prix event Russia, France and Italy remained in the automatic team qualifying places whilst Hungary continue to lead the race for the additional European team place.
Going into the Canadian event Ukraine’s Olga Kharlan was the clear leader in the race for the two additional European spots. She claimed victory in fine form in Montreal, extending her lead further but with hopes that her Ukrainian team can overtake Hungary in the race for team qualification. Should Ukraine qualify by the team route (at the expense of Hungary) top 16 finishes in Canada for Hungarians Anna Marton and Liza Pusztai bring them into the individual race.
Second place runner, Bianca Pascu of Romania was only able to make the round of 64. Whilst she retains provisional qualification, third place Greek fencer, Theodora Gkountoura made it to the round of 32 and closed the gap on Pascu to just two points.
There are two qualification events left to go before the zonal qualifiers, namely the Athens World Cup (6-8 Mar) and the St Niklaas World Cup (20-22 Mar).