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Anstett, Korea win sabre gold at Cairo World Cup

The FIE’s World Cup fencing season continued its first round of events in Cairo, Egypt last weekend, November 15-17, with French veteran Vincent Anstett winning a surprise individual gold and the top-ranked Korean team looking strong in what is now the lead up to Tokyo 2020.

With Olympic qualification very much on the minds of the 194 registered competitors from 26 different countries, 37-year-old Vincent Anstett’s third career world cup win was a surprise result inside Cairo Stadium’s Indoor Sports Hall complex on Saturday night. 

View this post on Instagram Première place à la Coupe du Monde du Caire aujourd’hui ! Des matchs intenses et du plaisir sur la piste 🙂 merci à tous pour vos messages et félicitations à mes adversaires du jour qui m’ont poussé dans mes retranchements pour proposer des matchs de haut niveau! Et un clin d’œil spécial à @gigisamele87 pour cette belle finale qui aurait pu tourner en sa faveur. Rendez vous demain pour l’épreuve par équipe @sanofi_france @cocacolaep @poleemploi @banque_populaire_alc @laregiongrandest @strasbourg_eurometropole @villedesouffelweyersheim #blaisesfreres #escrime #fencing @fencing_fie @ffescrime @pactedeperformance @augusto280766 A post shared by Vincent Anstett (@vincentanstett) on Nov 16, 2019 at 11:40am PST

Taking advantage of a draw that opened up after the world number one and two were eliminated early — Eli Dershwitz (USA) and Sanguk Oh (KOR) were ousted in the tables of 64 and 32, respectively — Anstett still had to beat quality opposition to claim his first victory in just over three years.

After qualifying from pools with a near perfect TR of 23, he then beat USA’s Rio Olympic silver medalist Daryl Homer, 15-12 in the table of 32, as well as teammate and world number 8, Bolade Apithy, 15-12 in their quarterfinal. 

The Frenchman then came up against Korea’s 2018 world champion, Junghwan Kim, in the semifinal and won by the narrowest of margins, 15-14, to set up a rare gold medal match with Italy’s Luigi Samele.  

Exempt from pools, on his side of the draw 32-year-old Samele had to defeat two teammates of his own to reach his fifth career final; world number four Luca Curatoli (15-9) in the table of 16, and then Gabriele Foschini (15-11) at the quarterfinal stage.

However, once he’d reached the medal rounds, the Italian still had to beat two-time African champion Fares Ferjani from Tunisia for a chance at gold, which he did, 15-8, but was then unlucky to come up against the in-form Anstett; the Frenchman using all of his experience to eventually triumph 15-14 and win the third world cup gold medal of his career.

In the team competition on Sunday, Korea set down an early mark for others to follow this season by beating China (45-34), Russia (45-39) and then Hungary (45-41) in succession to claim a convincing gold. 

It might not have happened at all, however, had they not narrowly avoided what would have been a shock defeat at the hands of Great Britain in the table of 16. 

Looking comfortable at 35-28 after Bongil Gu had gone 5-1 in the 7th bout against Jonathon Webb, Webb’s teammate, 82nd ranked James Honeybone, then went 12-3 against Junghwan Kim, putting Great Britain ahead 40-38 with only the ninth and final bout remaining.

Luckily, world number one Sanguk Oh was able to spare his teammates blushes, going 7-4 against William Deary to claim a last touch victory and onward passage.  

In the final against Hungary, Gu and Oh got the Koreans off to a strong start, putting them 10-4 up after two bouts, a lead which despite a late surge by Gemesi and Szatmari, they were able to hold on to and win 45-41. 

In the playoff for third, Italy took control at 15-10 in the third bout through Aldo Montano, and from there they were never threatened by Russia, finishing comfortable bronze medal winners, 45-31.  

FULL RESULTS

Individual 

Vincent Anstett (FRA) GoldLuigi Samele (ITA) SilverFares Ferjani (TUN) BronzeJunghwan Kim (KOR) BronzeBolande Apithy (FRA)Mohamed Amer (EGY)Gabriele Foschini (ITA)Riccardo Nuccio (ITA)

Teams

KOREA – GoldHungary – SilverItaly – BronzeRussiaGermanyIranChinaFrance

For full results of the Cairo Men’s Sabre World Cup, visit Fencing Time Live here.
Anstett, Korea win sabre gold at Cairo World Cup


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Youth Olympic Fencing Wraps Up in Buenos Aires

After four days of fencing in Argentina, US athletes have walked away with one silver and one bronze from individual competition.
2018 Cadet World Champion Kenji Bravo has taken silver in the men’s foil and May Tieu, who was a runner-up in the same championships, has taken bronze in the women’s foil at the Youth Olympics currently underway in Buenos Aries, Argentina.
Fencing against most of the best young fencers in the world, Bravo looked comfortable in most of his early bouts, before coming up against Denmark’s Jonas Winterberg-Poulsen in the semifinal, which Bravo edged out 15-13. In the final, French fencer Armand Spichiger was too good, defeating a drained Bravo, 15-7.
In the women’s foil, May Tieu was also convincing in the early rounds, bullying her opposition until falling to a very strong Martina Favaretto from Italy 15-5. In the bronze medal match she narrowly out touched Venezuela’s Anabella Acurero Gonzalez 8-7 to complete one of the biggest results of her career to date. Robert Vidovszky missed out on bronze after going down 15-10 to Mazen Elaraby in their medal bout.
In the team competition, which was a mixed gender and mixed weapon event, an Americas team featuring Vidovszky, Bravo, Tieu, Isaac Herbst and Emily Vermeule from the USA defeated a European team 30-24 to win bronze. In the gold medal match, Europe 1 defeated an Asia-Oceania team 28-25.
The Youth Olympics continues in Buenos Aries until October 18 and features 241 events in 32 sports. 206 countries including first-time participants South Sudan and Kosovo are taking part.
Full Results
Men’s Sabre
1. Krisztian Rabb (HUN)
2. Jun Hyun (KOR)
3. Mazen Elaraby (EGY)
Women’s Foil
1. Yuka Ueno (JPN)
2. Martina Favaretto (ITA)
3. May Tieu (USA)
Men’s Epee
1. Davide di Veroli (ITA)
2. Paul Veltrup (GER)
3. Khasan Baudunov (KGZ)
Women’s Epee
1. Kateryna Chorniy (UKR)
2. Kaylin Sin Yan Hsieh (HKG)
3. Veronika Bieleszoka (CZE)
Women’s Sabre
1. Liza Pusztai (HUN)
2. Natalia Botello Cervantes (MEX)
3. Jueun Lee (KOR)
Men’s Foil
1. Armand Spichiger (FRA)
2. Kenji Bravo (USA)
3. Jonas Winterberg-Poulsen (DEN)
Youth Olympic Fencing Wraps Up in Buenos Aires


Team USA end World Championships in China as most successful US Fencing team ever

The US fencing team has ended its’ world championship campaign in China with two gold, two silver and two bronze, making it the most successful US fencing team at a senior world championships in the history of the event.
By winning silver in the men’s team foil on the final day of competition on Friday, this years U.S fencing team surpassed it’s previous best result at a world championship achieved in 2015, when it won five medals – four individual and one team – by winning six medals in total.
Setting this year’s effort apart from that result is the fact that this time, of the six medals won, two are gold. Both came in women’s team’s events – the foil and epee – and both for the first time by the United States at this level.
The tally also marks a huge improvement on last years championships in Leipzig, Germany where the team won two medals – both silver – one by the exact same men’s foil team, who were unable to improve on their result against the same Italian opposition this year despite winning every other team event this season. And the other by the exact same women’s foil team, who went one better than their performance in China – also against Italy – taking gold in the event for the first time ever.
Despite their defeat at the hands of Italy, Race Imboden, who came into these championships ranked the number one foil fencer in the world, summed up the mood on his Instagram account under a picture of himself and his teammates: ‘SILVER at World Championships. We used to be underdogs. No longer. Hell of a season with these boys, Hell of a journey to get here.’

SILVER at World Championships. We used to be underdogs. No Longer. Hell of a season with these boys, Hell of a journey to get here.
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At an individual level, Eli Dershwitz won silver in the sabre – his first senior world championship medal – to continue his rise from 2015 junior world champion and 19th on Olympic debut in Rio, to his current status as the world number one.

SILVER MEDAL AT THE 2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WUXI, CHINA AND OFFICIALLY THE #1 RANKED MEN'S SABER FENCER IN THE WORLD. A huge thank you to my family, friends, coach, and everyone else who helped me reach this point, and congratulations to the other medalists! :@augusto280766 #Wuxi2018 #WorldChamps #USFencing #TeamUSA #Tokyo2020 #GoingForGold
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Courtney Hurley, who has competed at ten world championships and two Olympics without threatening the dais, won her first individual world championship medal, a bronze in the épée, which was also a first senior individual world medal for any U.S. epee fencer. She then backed it up in the team event by taking gold against the Koreans, and making her the most successful American fencer of the championships.

I hardly have the words to express how I feel! Yesterday I made history with winning the first medal for US women’s epee at the World Championships. Achieving this alone was amazing but more importantly, to myself, how I accomplished this was a greater story. This season was the hardest season for me. Fencing is a complicated sport and almost entirely my problem this year was mental. This year made me seriously question retiring from the sport of fencing. All this hardship, sadness and frustration went completely out the window when I fenced yesterday. I was happy, calm and I never became emotional (even when I was down 13-8). This accomplishment in itself was amazing. I also want to thank my sister @thishurleygurrl for always being there to support me even in my crazy moments. I would not be here without her support and of my parents constant support. I’m just so happy!! Tomorrow is team event and I’m even more excited to get back on that podium because I believe my team can do it!
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Pulling off a surprise was sabre fencer Anne-Elizabeth Stone, who an individual bronze. Stone had come to these championships ranked only fourth in the U.S and having not made it past the round of 16 in three previous world championship appearances. After being overlooked for the Rio Olympics, her world ranking has risen to number 12.

Eliza Stone … 2018 Senior World Bronze Medalist! #bizziteam
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Overall, it was Italy who again showed their dominance of world fencing, leading the medal tally with 4 gold, 2 silvers and 1 bronze. Their 4 gold’s included both the men’s and women’s individual foil, making first time world champion Alessio Foconi arguably the fencer of the meet after the Italian also lead his team to the men’s team event. South Korea had their own claim on that title, however, with 7 medals overall, including gold in both the men’s individual and team sabre, lead by individual champion Kim Junghwan.
France claimed two gold, including one on the last day when they won the women’s tem sabre, while Russia would be disappointed in their results, winning only one gold, one silver and four bronze as their Olympic and world champion foilist, Inna Deriglazova went missing, failing to even medal after dominating the event for so long. That said, such is their depth that they still enjoyed a clean sweep of the women’s sabre, going 1-2-3 in that event on day 6.
Full Medal Tally

Rank
Nation
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total

1
Italy
4
2
1
7

2
South Korea
2
2
3
7

3
United States
2
2
2
6

4
France
2
1
1
4

5
Russia
1
2
4
7

6
Switzerland
1
0
1
2

7
Great Britain
0
1
0
1

7
Romania
0
1
0
1

7
Venezuela
0
1
0
1

10
Ukraine
0
0
2
2

11
China
0
0
1
1

11
Hungary
0
0
1
1

11
Spain
0
0
1
1

11
Tunisia
0
0
1
1

Team USA end World Championships in China as most successful US Fencing team ever


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Italy, France close out World Championships with team gold in the Men’s foil and Women’s sabre

Italy and France have wrapped up nine days of world championship fencing in Wuxi, China, by winning gold in the men’s team foil and women’s team sabre.
France won the women’s team sabre for the first time at a world championship’s since 2007, defeating a hot-favourite Russian team including this years individual champion Sofia Pozdniakova, twice former world champion Sofya Velikaya and current Olympic Champion, Yana Egorian.
Anchored by world number 4 Cecilia Berder, it was she who put the French in control after the second bout against Pozdniakova. By winning that 5-1, she established a lead that the Russians were unable to overcome. When she extended it again by winning 5-0 in the fifth against Egorian, any doubt of French victory was removed. Her teammates in the final Maron Brunet and Caroline Queroli also played their part in defending their advantage, ensuring the 45-35 win.
Brunet took to her Instagram account to celebrate, ‘My team thank you for this absolutely extraordinary day girls. We start again when you want ’.
Silver for Russia’s Velikaya took her personal tally of team world championship medals to nine, on top of the five individuals that include two gold. To reach the final, they took out Italy by the narrowest of margins in the semi, (45-44) after Velikaya herself claimed it in overtime once Italy had come from behind to make it level.

Such an amazing atmosphere at the last day of #wuxi2018 Congrats to the World Champions of women’s team sabre and men’s team foil and to all the athletes for making the first #fencing World Championships in China so unique and unforgettable
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In the men’s foil, Italy defeated a valiant USA team who ultimately couldn’t match the dream combination of individual world champion Alessio Foconi, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Daniele Garozzo and 2011 world champion and 16-time World Cup event winner Andrea Cassara. The trio went behind briefly after the world number 1 going into these championships, Race Imboden, took a 6-4 win over Garozzo, but after Foconi put them back in front after a 5-1 against Alexander Massialas in the crucial fifth bout, they made sure they were never headed again, defending and stretching their lead to finish on 45-34.
“We didn’t have a strategy,” Andreas Cassaras told the FIE’s Fencing Channel after their win, “because it was a very difficult season with the Americans winning five World Cup events in a row…however we won the world championship last year, so I think our mentality was better than them and we fenced very well.”
To reach the gold medal match, the USA out-fenced a strong Russian team who had lead 15-9 before 2013 individual world champion Miles Chamley-Watson unleashed an 11-1 tirade on Timur Arslanov in the fourth bout to completely switch the momentum of the match. With the Russians forced to search for touches, the Americans were able to stretch their lead and close out the semi 45-29. In the other semifinal Italy were too strong for Korea, even without the legendary Cassaras who was rested. Leading at every change, they were comfortable 45-29 winners to advance to the final against the USA.
Full Results
Men’s Team Foil
1. Italy
2. USA
3. Russia
4. Korea
5. France
6. Poland
7. Japan
8. China
Women’s Team Saber
1. France
2. Russia
3. Korea
4. Italy
5. USA
6. Ukraine
7. Hungary
8. China
Italy, France close out World Championships with team gold in the Men’s foil and Women’s sabre


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USA Women’s Foil Team make history, Switzerland surprise in Men’s Team Epee on Day 8 of the World Championships

USA’s women’s foil team have made history in China, reversing the result of last year’s final in Germany by defeating Italy and claiming the United States first ever senior world championship team foil gold. In the men’s team epee, Switzerland achieved the same feat, surprising most by defeating Korea in their final.
Awarded the bye into the Table of 16 as the third seeded team behind behind Italy and Russia, USA’s women, anchored by world number three Lee Kiefer, ended up dominating the field to win the United State’s first ever team foil gold at this level.
Despite Italy’s team including the individual world champion at this meet, Alice Volpi, as well as two-time world champion Ariana Errigo, they were no match for the Americans, going down 45-35 in a match that turned on its head. That scoreline was as close as anyone came to the US team, who comfortably saw off Korea in their semifinal (45-22) and Canada (45-19) in the table of 8.
In the final, while it was the Italians who lead after the first three bouts 15-12, Nzingha Prescod from Brooklyn, New York, turned the match around in style, going 8-1 against Camilla Mancini in the fourth bout to establish a lead the Americans never lost.
Announcing the win on their official Instagram account, US Fencing captioned an image of the team: ‘World Champions!!! Meet the first U.S. Foil Team ever to win Senior Worlds! @nicoleross_usa @margaret_lu @nzinghap @leetothekiefer’
Speaking to FIE’s Fencing Channel straight after the victory, team member Nicole Ross described the hard work and discipline that had gone into the win. “We’ve been working so hard for so long for this,” she said, “and it’s so special to do it together. Usually we have matches where we’re less disciplined but tonight we just stuck to our plans, kept talking to each and believing in ourselves and it paid off.”

Notably, 2nd-ranked Russia failed to medal, losing out to Korea 38-40 at the quarterfinal stage. The result is another disappointing one for world number one foilist Inna Deriglazova, who also failed to medal in individual competition.
In the men’s epee, Switzerland navigated a tough road to the final, overcoming Italy after an epic overtime bout (36-35) in the quarterfinal, a French team anchored by newly crowned world champion Yannick Borel, (45-38) in the semi, and finally, in the gold medal match, a Korean squad containing current Olympic champion Sangyoung Park, 36-31.
It was the country’s first gold medal of any kind at world championships and the crowning moment for this team, who have been on the odium at each of the last three world championships. The final went right to the wire, with 29th-ranked veteran, Swiss anchor Benjamin Steffen, fencing the bout of his life to out touch Park 11-7 and ensure the victory. Understandably, he and his team were elated after the win.
“We went into every match and we knew we had to be very disciplined,” said Steffen, “and it’s the pressure that you feel every time and its such a relief when you get that victory, like now. But today we are the world champions and no one can that away from us.”

Full Results
Men’s Team Epee
1. Switzerland
2. Korea
3. Russia
4. France
5. Hungary
6. Italy
7.China
8. USA
Women’s Team Foil
1. USA
2. Italy
3. France
4. Korea
5. Japan
6. Canada
7. Germany
8. Russia
USA Women’s Foil Team make history, Switzerland surprise in Men’s Team Epee on Day 8 of the World Championships


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USA takes Women’s Team Epee, Korea wins Men’s Team Sabre at World Championships in China

USA and Korea have taken the first of six team gold medals to be handed out at the ongoing world fencing championships in Wuxi, China.
Coming from behind in every one of their matches from the quarterfinal stage on, including overtime wins in the final and quarterfinal against defending champions Estonia, the American team of Katherine Holmes, Courtney Hurley, Kelley Hurley and Amanda Sirico showed incredible determination to create history, becoming the first US epee team to win a world championship gold.
Anchored by 2016 Olympian Holmes, who seems to save her best for the team events, in the gold medal match against a strong Korea, the US trailed all the way until the final bout, when it was Holmes herself who went searching for the win. Tying the score at 17 each with just 11 seconds left in the final period, she then managed to get the hit she needed 30 seconds into overtime against world number 7 Injeong Choi, and secure a dramatic 18-17 victory for the Americans.
“Going into the final bout, there’s a high ceiling,” Holmes told FIE’s Fencing Channel afterward. “As long as it’s relatively close, I have my plan and I’m going to try to force the other person to fence my plan. Today everybody was fencing my plan,” she said.
Teammate Courtney Hurley paid tribute to Holmes nerves of steel throughout the tournament. “She doesn’t get nervous!” she said, “and that’s why she’s really good at her job. We thought we could just keep it close until the end because Kat’s been doing so amazing at the end and that’s exactly what we did.”

We are the Champions my friends … Team USA won the first ever team title for a U.S. women’s épée squad! #bizziteam
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China picked up their first medal of the championships by defeating Russia in the bronze medal playoff 45-42.
In the men’s team sabre, Korea had too much class in a team containing three of the world’s top five, including the individual gold and bronze winners at these world championships Junghwan Kim – who was incredibly used as a reserve in the final against Italy – and Junho Kim. Rounding out what must be one of the best sabre fencing teams ever were six-time Asian champion Bongil Gu and 21-year-old Sanguk Oh, who already has four senior international World Cup and Grand Prix victories to his name.
And it was Oh who overturned an early deficit in the final, dominating Luigi Barre 8-1 in the second bout after Italy’s Luca Curatoli had briefly put his team in front 5-2. After that they were never headed, with Oh also defeating Barre 5-0 to establish what turn into a match-winning lead, blowing out to 26-40 by the time Junghwan Kim had also out touched Barre in the penultimate bout, 5-2. It all meant that despite Luca Curatoli’s 13-5 victory over Oh in the final bout, Korea still ran out winners 45-35 and defend the title they won in 2017. Hungary defeated Georgia for the bronze medal 45-36.

from the final of men’s team sabre #Wuxi2018
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Full Results
Women’s Team Epee
1. USA
2. Korea
3. China
4. Russia
5. France
6. Estonia
7. Poland
8. Germany
Men’s Team Sabre
1. Korea
2. Italy
3. Hungary
4. Georgia
5. Germany
6. Iran
7. Russia
8. France
USA takes Women’s Team Epee, Korea wins Men’s Team Sabre at World Championships in China


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Italian Gold Rush continues in Men’s Foil while Russia clean-sweeps the Women’s Sabre

Alessio Foconi has continued Italy’s dream run at these World Championships, taking gold in the men’s foil while Russia’s Sofia Pozdniakova was at the head of a clean sweep in the women’s sabre.
It was a case of youth triumphing over experience in the women’s sabre after 21-year-old Pozdniakova out-touched her teammate, two-time world champion and twice Olympic silver medalist Sofya Velikaya, 15-13 in a gripping final. Having beaten USA’s Anne-Elizabeth Stone 15-6 in the semifinal and before that local Chinese hope Yaqi Shao 15-12 in the quarterfinal, most would have anticipated a win for Velikaya in the decider. It was not to be however, with Pozdniakova going all the way, ensuring that her first senior medal of any kind was no less than a world championship gold.
“It was a difficult day today,” Pozdniakova told FIE’s Fencing Channel in English, “because it was a problem to stay friendly with my mind. There was no special strategy, I tried to do what my what my coach told me and stay calm.”
Her teammate, Velikaya, had earlier prevailed over another Russian teammate and current Olympic champion Yana Egorian, who was herself a world champion as a 19-year-old at the 2012 event in Moscow. Their match went down to the wire (15-14) and followed Egorian’s hard-fought 15-13 victory over France’s Cecilia Berder in the quarterfinal. Ukrainian world number one, three-time and defending world champion Olga Kharlan’s dip in recent form continued, bowing out in the table of 32 (15-13) to 16th ranked 21-year-old Shao, fencing out of her skin in front of her home crowd. Such is her incredible world championship record, the defeat consigned Kharlan to her worst result since she finished 20th as a 17-year-old in Saint Petersburg in 2007.

Sofia Pozdniakova beats Sofya Velikaya in the final by 15-13 and wins the World title in women’s sabre #Wuxi2018 #fencing #WorldChampionships
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In the men’s foil, Foconi was also somewhat of a surprise winner, with the likes of his teammate, Italian Olympic champion Daniele Garozzo, highly-rated Russian Timur Safin, and world number one Race Imboden from the USA all faltering to lower ranked opposition at the tables of 8 and 16 respectively.
Cashing in on this and his outstanding recent form – he won this year’s Shanghai World Cup event in May – was Foconi’s opponent in the final, Great Britain veteran Richard Kruse. Remarkably, in winning silver after going down 15-8 to Foconi, Kruse became the first British fencer to win a medal at a fencing world championship in over fifty years. In his semifinal he defeated Spain’s Carlos Llavador (15-11) whose previous best result had been a bronze at the 2015 European Championships in Switzerland. Foconi had to overcome an in-form Jun Heo from Korea (15-12) after Heo had defeated 2016 Rio Olympic gold medalist, Garozzo in their quarterfinal 15-14.
Also speaking to FIE’s Fencing Channel after his win, an emotional Foconi said the victory had been a dream of his since boyhood. “It’s amazing to have won this competition,” he said, “it was my dream and now it’s a reality. I dreamed of this as a little boy and now it isn’t a dream anymore.”

The competition now switches focus into the team’s events, with the finals of the men’s foil and women’s sabre the last to be decided on Friday’s final day at the Wuxi Sports Center.
Full Results
Men’s Individual Foil
1. Alessio Foconi (ITA)
2. Richard Kruse (GBR)
3. Jun Heo (KOR)
3. Carlos Llavador (ESP)
5. Daniele Garozzo (ITA)
6. Giorgio Avola (ITA)
7. Enzo Lefort (FRA)
8. James Andrew-Davis (GBR)
Women’s Individual Sabre
1. Sofia Pozdniakova (RUS)
2. Sofya Velikaya (RUS)
3. Yana Egorian (RUS)
3. Anne-Elizabeth Stone (USA)
5. Cecilia Berder (FRA)
6. Jiarui Qian (CHN)
7. Yaqi Shao (CHN)
8. Theodora Gkountoura (GRE)
Italian Gold Rush continues in Men’s Foil while Russia clean-sweeps the Women’s Sabre


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Volpi claims more gold for Italy, Borel wins for France at World Championships

Italy’s Alice Volpi has followed up her teammate Mara Navarria’s heroics in the epee on day 4 by winning gold in the women’s foil on day 5 at the ongoing World Championships in Wuxi, China. On the same day, triple European champion Yannick Borel won his first World Championship gold for France in the men’s epee.
In the women’s foil, Volpi came up against a giant-killing Ysaora Thibus in the final, eventually overcoming the Frenchwoman 15-12, but not before Thibus had created one of the upsets of the tournament by defeating Russia’s hot favorite and defending champion Inna Deriglazova, 15-14 in their table of 8 clash. This was after the Russian had stormed through her early rounds, including a 15-7 victory in the table of 16 against Team USA’s Nicole Ross to set up one of the bouts of the championships so far.
Volpi, a runner-up to Deriglazova at last years World Championships in Germany, came through the same half of the draw as world number three Lee Kiefer from the USA, whose disappointing run at senior World Championships continued. The diminutive nine-time Pan American champion is yet to improve on the bronze she won as a 17-year-old in Italy in 2011, losing out to Tunisia’s world number 4, Ines Boubakri, 15-13 in their quarterfinal. Boubraki then lost out to Volpi 15-7 in the first of two lopsided semifinals, Thibus preventing an all-Italian final by easily accounting for veteran Arianna Errigo 15-2 in theirs.

Dietro una grande squadra c’è sempre un grande capitano,GRAZIE CIPPO Campionessa del mondo Wuxi2018
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In the men’s epee, world number one Yannick Borel, who came to these championships fresh from winning his third consecutive European title in Serbia, overcame 2012 London Olympic champion, Venezuela’s Ruben Limardo Gascon, 15-4 in their final. Gascon had pulled a couple of surprises on his way to the gold medal match, defeating the world number three and two in consecutive bouts, Korea’s Sangyoung Park in the table of 8 (13-10), followed by Ukrainian ever-present Bogdan Nikishin (7-4) in the first semi-final.
In the final, Borel’s dynamic style was too good, and victory was never in doubt for the Frenchman, claiming it 15-4 well inside the time limit. To reach the gold medal play-off, Borel defeated another Ukrainian, Roman Svichkar, 15-11 in the second semi-final and before that Kazakhstan’s eighth-ranked Dmitry Alexanin, 15-5 in the table of 8. USA 22-year-old Curtis McDowald achieved his best world championships result following his bronze at the Pan American championships in Cuba in June, finishing 8th place.

C H A M P I O N D U M O N D E
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Full results
Men’s Individual Epee
1. Yannick Borel (FRA)
2. Ruben Limardo(VEN)
3. Bogdan Nikishin (UKR)
3. Roman Svichkar (UKR)
5. Sangyoung Park (KOR)
6. Dmitriy Alexanin (KAZ)
7. Benjamin Steffen (SUI)
8. Curtis McDowald (USA)
Women’s Individual Foil
1. Alice Volpi (ITA)
2. Ysaora Thibus (FRA)
3. Ines Boubakri (TUN)
3. Arianna Errigo (ITA)
5. Inna Deriglazova (RUS)
6. Lee Kiefer (USA)
7. Camilla Mancini (ITA)
8. Nzingha Prescod (USA)
Volpi claims more gold for Italy, Borel wins for France at World Championships


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