6th April 2012
CADET & JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012 REPORT – DAY 7
Hungary and Italy win the first team gold medals at the Championships
It was a day of Men’s Team Sabre and Women’s Team Foil on day seven of the Cadet & Junior World Championships in Moscow’s Olympic stadium.
Men’s Team Sabre
Great Britain’s team of Soji Aiyenuro, Harry Boteler, Curtis Miller and Jonathan Webb joined a field of 26 teams in the Men’s Team Sabre event. Ranked 16th, they faced the 17th seeds in the round of 32, China. China started fast and never looked back winning 45-23.
The event was won by an impressive Hungarian team who beat Germany 45-37 in the final. Hungary’s team (Csaba, Szatmari, Valkai and reserve Ravasz) started slowly against the German’s (Hubers, Kindler, Lehnert and reserve Schrodter) but fought back to 25-23 down after two legs of the nine-leg reply. On came Szatmari and in an incredible display of highly entertaining fencing he took the Hungarians in a 30-28 lead – a lead they never lost. A richly deserved World Championship title was theirs. The bronze medal went to the Russian team who beat Belarus 45-39.
GB Placing: 19th
Women’s Team Foil
Great Britain didn’t enter a team into this event but there were 22 other teams involved in the competition. The event was won by an impressive Italian team (Mancini, Monaco, Volpi and reserve Calissi) 45-34 against the USA (Dubrovich, Kiefer, Prescod and reserve Lu). The USA started well with Prescod leading 5-4 after the first fight against the individual World Champion, Volpi. However this just served to inspire the Italians to a 15-10 lead after three fights. Prescod stepped up again and narrowed the gap to 20-17. After a tricky fight for the USA Kiefer showed her class and narrowed the gap to 26-24 after six fights. The Italians broke away took the title with ease. The bronze medal was won by Russia who beat Poland 45-35.
The penultimate day of the Championships sees team competitions with 18 entries in the Women’s Sabre and 25 entries in Men’s Foil events.