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RUSSIAN RESHETNIKOV RETURNS TO THE TOP OF EUROPE AFTER TEN YEAR WAIT

19.06.2019 0:00
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PRESS RELEASE: 19 JUNE 2019
Veniamin Reshetnikov relives 2009 European Glory in 2019

Today, 33 year old Russian Veniamin Reshetnikov reclaimed the European fencing title that he first won in 2009, in the men’s sabre event at the 2019 edition of the European Championships in Germany.  He beat teammate Kamil Ibragimov in a fairly one-sided final, 15-7 as home favourite Max Hartung and Georgia’s Sandro Bazadze settled for the bronze medals.

Reshetnikov stormed through the ranking round, winning all five of his fights to be ranked fourth for the knockout phase of the competition.  He eased through the direct elimination stages beating both Germany’s Matyas Szabo and Enrico ‘Berre of Italy in comfort to make the semi-finals.  There, he met the previous winner of the event in both 2017 and 2018 – Germany’s very own Max Hartung.  Even with the vociferous support from the crowd in Dusseldorf, Hartung could not contain Reshtnikov, going down 15-10.

In the other half of the table, teammate Ibragimov was on scintillating form after dropping one fight in the ranking round.  After a tough 15-14 victory over Romania’s Iulian Teodosiu, Ibragimov looked to be the man to take the title.  His semi-final opponent, Sandro Bazadze had injured his ankle earlier in the day and the Russian beat him 15-11.

Ibragimov came out for the final looking loose and confident, even dancing to the music played in the venue.  That display was quickly extinguished by a focussed Reshetnikov who quickly went 5-0 up.  Ibragimov settled but went into the break 8-5 down.  In the second period, Reshetnikov came out with business on his mind.  Ibragimov was too quick off the line in his efforts to claw back the deficit.  Solid attack and defence from Reshetnikov was all that was needed to take him to his second title.  The Russian produced it.  He finished his master-class performance with a parry riposte to secure his second European title 15-7.

Speaking after the final, Reshetnikov said, “I’m just tired.  Having a teammate in a final is always difficult so my emotions are mixed.  I need to get some sleep but I’m happy to be European Champion again.”  He will return to the piste in Dusseldorf in three days with Ibragimov to compete for the men’s sabre team title in this crucial event for Olympic qualification. 

The event continues tomorrow with the start of the team competitions in men’s foil and women’s sabre.

For further information please contact Karim Bashir (karim.bashir@catchsport.com).
Catch Sport, working in partnership on communications with the European Fencing Confederation.
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