New winner in the final event
Russia won its eighth world championship title in the women’s sabre team event at the World Fencing Championships in Budapest. Besides this, the national team of the United States became winner in men’s foil, which was the last event of the competition. According to the International Fencing Federation (FIE), Budapest has been an excellent host of the world championships.
Even though France was the title holder, the Russian national team proved from the first moment that they were in better form in the final of the women’s sabre team event. Led by Olga Nikitina, who put down an incredible performance in the semis, the Russians kept their advantage from the second bout, and Sofya Velikaya, individual silver medallist decided the encounter with a final result of 45:40 in the end.
“I didn’t have luck in the final on Saturday, but when I realized that we won this, I already forgot about the silver and any previous medals won at the Olympics and world championships. Now I live only for today, I am very happy with this victory. I am happy for myself, my team, and that we achieved another victory for Russia. I am glad that we could compete in Budapest, we all love coming here. It is a very nice and friendly city, the atmosphere was great, the fans love fencing, and of course I am happy about going home with the gold medals in our pockets” – Velikaya said after the final.
The American male foil fencers did even more confidently. The team which finished second three times in the last few years was crushing against France in the final. Race Imboden and his teammates lost only one bout during the encounter and won with an exceptionally big difference compared to the other finals (45-32).
“We came as the firstly ranked team in the world, and we had a strong focus on the team event during the preparation phase. Our aim was to win gold for the United States for the first time in this competition, and we achieved it through hard work. We have been one of the top teams for a while, and now we are sitting on one of the thrones of the sport. However, our biggest target is becoming Olympic champions in Tokyo next year. In order to achieve this, we took an important step here in Budapest. It’s a great city, I’ve been here many times, and I love it. The location and the organization of this world championships were both amazing” – Imboden commented happily.
Henriette Tamás, the secretary general of the Hungarian Fencing Federation said that they received a lot of praise from the foreign teams during the competition, which is a great feedback for the organizers.
“We have witnessed the global development of fencing in this competition, so the role and popularity of the sport is steadily gaining ground in the Olympic Movement. I believe that Hungary, the world championships in Budapest, and the Hungarian Fencing Federation have all been able to contribute to this process” – Henriette Tamás said.
Emmanuel Katsiadakis, the secretary general of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) closed the world championships with his speech. He thanked the organizers and every participant for their work.
“Budapest has been an excellent host, the organizers did a great job, and we can conclude a very successful world championships from every aspect. I would like to say thanks to the organizers, volunteers, coaches, officials and judges for their efforts, and to the athletes for their passion and determination for our sport” – FIE’s secretary general added.
Lastly, Tokyo received the flag of FIE as the organizer of the Olympic Games next summer at the end of the event.