Elimination of the title holders both in women’s foil and men’s epée

The Round of 8 was full of great battles in the team events of women’s foil and men’s epée at the World Fencing Championships in Budapest; thus, none of the previous champions could defend their titles.

Last year’s world champion, the United States didn’t qualify for the final of the women’s foil team event. Lee Kiefer and her teammates won against Canada in the Round of 8, but they got defeated in the next round by the Russian team featuring Friday’s individual world champion Inna Deriglazova. The other team making it to the final was Italy; Arianna Errigo and her compatriots first beat Japan in the Round of 8, and then defeated the firstly ranked France in the semis.

“The difference was 8 touches between the two teams by the end of the bout; however, it was still a difficult encounter against France. They proved yet again that they deserve to be regarded as one of the best teams in the world. We expect another tense final against Russia, and we need to do even more in order to succeed. Nevertheless, if we follow our plan, we believe that we can win the gold medal” – the Italian fencers said, who won their last world championships in 2017.

In men’s epée France will face Ukraine in the final. The French defeated Korea (45-28), and the title holder Switzerland (45-27) by a significant difference, but according to one of their fencers, Alexandre Bardenet these bouts were everything but easy.

“We faced a great battle against last year’s world champion. We did our best to get to the final; we were united and concentrated the whole time, and the Swiss may got a little tired by the end. Our opponent in the final will be the Ukrainian team, but I believe in our guys. If we stay sharp and quick as we were in the semi-final, we can succeed” – the French epée fencer commented.

The bronze medal games, and the finals begin at 16:00 in the BOK Hall, where the team preliminaries in women’s sabre and men’s foil has started today as well. The Rounds of 8 of these events commence on Tuesday.

2019 FIE World Fencing Championships Budapest