RUSSIA CLAIM WOMEN’S TEAM EPEE EUROPEAN TITLE
Dominant Russians Use Tactical Substitution on their way to Gold
Number one seeds Russia proved that they were the best Junior Women’s Epee team in Europe today in Porec, Croatia as they took out Poland in the final of the European Championships.
They lined up with the Cadet individual silver and team bronze medalist Iana Bekmurzova, Evgeniya Zharkova and Milen Bavuge Khabimana with Aizanat Murtazaeva in reserve. They beat Sweden 45-37, Switzerland 45-30 and Hungary 45-44 to make the gold medal match.
In the other half of the draw, number six seeds Poland were in great form. They fielded Alicja Klasik, Barbara Brych and Cadet individual bronze medalist Gloria Klughardt with Zofia Janelli in reserve. Their route to the final was seemingly trickier but they beat Great Britain 45-23, number three seeds France 45-27 and then number two seeds Italy 45-44 to give themselves a shot at gold.
Klasik got Poland off to a great start against Russia in the gold medal match taking them to a 3-0 after the first leg. Russia fought back as Zharkova and Bavuge Khabimama put them 15-9 after the third match. Russia substituted out Bekmurzova in the fifth match for Murtazaeva and the change work. By the start of the final three bouts, Russia led 30-18. Two strong legs from Poland’s Kulghardt and Klasik closed the gap to 7-hits going into the anchor leg but the Russian reserve Murtazaeva was too strong and took them to the title 45-35.
Hungary beat Italy 45-40 to claim the bronze medal.