UKRAINIAN HUMEN SECURES MEN’S SABRE EUROPEAN TITLE
Thrilling Final See Vasyl Humen Claim Last Individual European Crown
Ukraine’s European ranked 82 Vasyl Humen today secured the Junior Men’s Sabre title in Porec, Croatia. After a magnificent start to the day Humen eased through to the semi-finals where he went on to overcome his two toughest opponents.
Humen blasted his way through the ranking round, winning all of his fights and taking the third seed into the elimination stages. He went on to beat Friedheim (GER) 15-8, Schlaffer (GER) 15-10 and Presnov (RUS) 15-4 to make the semi-finals.
He faced his toughest opponent there, Europe’s third best fencer Kirill Tyulyukov. The Russian had been on fine form himself but Humen led the fight 8-4 at the break. A tremendous comeback from Tyulyukov saw him draw level at 14-14 having been behind throughout the match but Humen saw it out with a lovely attack in the middle.
In the other have of the draw Luca Fioretto of Italy, Europe’s number two fencer faced Hungary’s Krisztian Rabb who was the European number 12, in the semi-finals. Fioretto was dominant, leading 8-2 at the break and going on to win 15-5.
In the final Fioretto was out of the blocks hard and fast but Humen adapted immediately with more decisive footwork off the line. The Ukrainian’s unorthodox style seemed to throw the Italian and Humen led 8-5 at the break.
The second period started with a great leaping “flunge” from Humen but his high-octane approach was starting to show as it seemed fatigue was kicking in. At 12-9 up Humen called for an injury time-out requiring the magic spray and a much-needed intake of oxygen. When the fight resumed Humen landed a lovely parry riposte but had crossed the back line so the hit was overturned. Fioretto used that as his launching pad and drew level at 12-12. A brave ducking counter from Humen gave him the lead once more only for Fioretta to land a fabulous attack in the middle. It was inevitable that the two would draw level at 14-14 and both scored a touch in the middle resulting in a long video review. No decision this time. Set on the line Humen was brave again and went for a second intention parry riposte. It successfully took him to the title 15-14 and yet again Men’s Sabre provided a fitting end to the individual competition.