All the Hungarian fencers have managed to get to the next round from the preliminaries of the men’s individual sabre with overwhelming performances on the first day of the world championships in Budapest. However, there were some who underachieved. The Germans and the Koreans didn’t have a perfect day, not like Low Ho Tin from Hong Kong, who did very well in the afternoon.
The organizers make the final touches so that the greatest World Fencing Championships of all time can start tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. 1071 athletes from 118 countries take part in the top fencing event hosted in Budapest, which lasts for nine days until 23rd July. Zsolt Csampa, president of the Hungarian Fencing Federation (MVSZ) did not formulate any specific expectations regarding the performance of the Hungarian national team, but he hopes that several of the Hungarian athletes will get closer to the Olympic quota on home ground.
Then 20 year old András Szatmári was one of the greatest surprises of the World Championships of 2013. The Hungarian saber fencer made his debut in the seniors in Budapest, and was placed within the final 8 in the individual event. Moreover he was only one point short against the later silver medalist Nikolay Kovalev in the quarter-finals.
“The stakes are high, it’s no exaggeration to say that the road to Tokyo goes through Budapest” said Hungarian Fencing Federation (MVSZ) President Zsolt Csampa at a press conference for the World Fencing Championships which are being held in Hungary, during which it was announced that the federation as signed an agreement with Volkswagen. Close to 2,000 competitors from 130 countries will participate at the World Championship, for which fans can now purchase tickets.