Saudi Arabia’s Historic Debut at Cadet European Circuit in Naples
The recently concluded Cadet European Circuit in Naples showcased some remarkable performances in women's and men's epee categories. The event, held over the weekend, brought together talented athletes from various countries to compete for top honors.
The women's epee competition witnessed fierce battles, ultimately culminating in a podium sweep by Italian fencers. Aina Francesca secured first place, displaying exceptional skill and determination throughout the competition. Following closely behind was Silvia Liberati, demonstrating her prowess and landing in second place. Elena Antonucci and Lisa Pichler settled for third place, solidifying Italy's stronghold in this category.
In the men's epee event, italian Michele Queiroli emerged victorious, prevailing in the final bout with a secure 15-6 score. It is worth noting that his triumph was accompanied by a historic achievement for Saudi Arabian fencers, as Hazzazi Ahmed claimed second place. This marked the first time Saudi Arabia participated in the European circuit, making the occasion all the more significant. Federico Bondi and Giovanni Sinatra, both from Italy, also displayed outstanding performances and secured joint third place.
Moreover, the team events added an extra level of excitement to the competition. In the women's epee team event, Italy's teams proved their mettle on the fencing strip. Italy 2, comprising Matilde Bellini, Chiara Castagnoli, Silvia Liberati, and Sofia Torrisi, delivered a commanding performance, securing first place. Italy 1, consisting of Giulia Bardassa, Vittoria Lazzari, Dorotea Tarantini, and Mariachiara Testa, gave a valiant effort and took home second place. Italy 3, led by Maria Roberta Casale, Alice Casamenti, Ludovica Costantini, and Lisa Pichler, rounded off the podium with a third-place finish.
The men's team epee competition demonstrated the impressive skills of the participating nations. Italy 1, composed of Dario Benetti, Ettore Leporati, Edoardo Strobbia, and Federico Varone, demonstrated remarkable teamwork and emerged as champions. Italy 2, represented by Marco Belviso, Federico Bondi, Riccardo Gera, and Luca Iogna Prat, secured second place. The Netherlands, represented by Leonardo Bentivogli, Kano Pieters, and Jan-Koen Versteinen, showcased their talent and secured a commendable third-place finish.
The Cadet European Circuit in Naples proved to be a memorable event for both fencers and spectators alike. The Italian fencers showcased their dominance in epee, securing top positions in both individual and team events. Moreover, the participation of Saudi Arabian fencers marked a significant development in the sport, highlighting its global reach and inclusive nature.