RUSSIA’S MEN’S EPEE TEAM CLAIM EUROPEAN CROWN
PRESS RELEASE: 21 JUNE 2019
Denmark make history but day five belonged to Russia
Today, the Russian men’s epee team claimed their second gold medal of the day at the European Championship. Russia beat Denmark 31-30 in a thrilling final to claim the European title. Hungary took the bronze medal 36-25 in their play-off match with Estonia.
Russia came into the event as top seeds and eased past Great Britain and the host nation, Germany to make the semi-finals. There they faced Hungary and just took the fight 24-23.
The big story was in the other half of the draw. Denmark who showed signs of threatening the big teams earlier in the season, delivered the drama in Dusseldorf. Beating Ukraine in their first match was no mean feat but went on to beat Switzerland 39-38 to make the semi-finals. Their next opponents were Estonia who had produced their own upset in beating France. Denmark continued to prove their form with a 40-32 win over the Estonians to make the final. Their first ever fencing team European medal was confirmed with that win.
Russia led the final 9-7 and then 18-15 after the sixth leg. Denmark was not done though. Patrick Jorgensen came on for the final leg as the Danish anchor and pulled level with Russia’s Sergey Bida on time. Agony for Denmark versus ecstasy for Russia as Bida took the match for Russia, 31-30.
The last day of the event tomorrow, features the team competitions in men’s sabre and women’s epe.