RUSSIA CLAIM MEN’S TEAM FOIL TITLE AFTER DRAMATIC FINAL
Kirill Borodachev Claims Second Title in Porec
The top two seeds Italy and Russia made it to the final of the Men’s Team Foil event in Porec, Croatia today. Russia took the title in a thrilling final that kept everyone on the edge of their seats until the very end.
Number two seeds Russia lined up with individual champion Kirill Borodachev, his twin brother and individual silver medalist Anton and Vladislav Mylnikov with the Cadet individual silver and team gold medalist Dmitrii Osipov in reserve. They beat Hungary 45-33 and Poland 45-28 to make the final.
In the other half of the draw, the number one seeds Italy fielded Alessio Di Tommaso, Tommaso Marini and Tommaso Martini with Alessandro Stella in reserve. They beat both the Netherlands and Denmark 45-28 to reach the gold medal match.
The first three legs of the final were as tight as everyone expected but Russia led 15-13. It was even closer after the middle three legs but Italy had wrestled the lead 29-28 from their opponents. Russia stormed back in the seventh bout as Mylnikov put them 35-33 ahead. Di Tomasso fenced cleverly for Italy in the penultimate leg drawing level at 37-37 on time. On came Kirill Borodachev and Tommaso Marini for the deciding leg. The two were all-square at 40-40 halfway through the match but Marini landed a lovely beat attack followed by an immediate attack off the line to put them two ahead. Borodachev fought back to 44-44 with a handful of seconds left on the clock and decisively both teams had used their video appeals. The match went into a priority minute with the Italians holding the advantage. Both fencers attacked with the blade in the middle but no hit was given after the referee had viewed the video. Another close attack from both in the middle led to another video review. This time Russia got the decision – an attack into preparation – and they were crowned European Champions.
Poland claimed the bronze medal with a 45-32 victory over Denmark in the play-off match.