Italy Continues Strong Fencing Form at Eger World Cup

The winning women’s teams celebrate with their medals (Photo: IWAS)

Fresh from winning the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award Italian Bebe Vio claimed two gold medals at the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Eger, Hungary. The meet completed on Sunday at Vio was among the strongest competitors in the competition, cruising to two gold medals.

Vio’s win makes it three straight major individual titles, looking at building yet another dominant run. Vio easily won the women’s foil category B defeating Ukranian Tetiana Pozniak 15-1 in the final. Pozniak was coming in confident as she won the epee a day earlier beating Japan’s Anri Sakurai.

The Italian team won in the women’s team foil with Vio forming part of that team, and managing the vital contribution in the final against Hungary. Not being overawed by taking on the hometown girl Zsuzsanna Krajnyak with Italy behind she won the match 6-2 to claim the gold for Italy in a 45-42 win.

Despite that frustrating loss for Hungary there were plenty of medals for the home crowd to cheer on. Amarilla Veres won for the hosts in the women’s foil Category A as her aggressiveness sent her past Ukranian Yevheniia Breus. Another Hungarian won in the men’s foil Category A with Richard Osvath beating Italian Emanuele Lambertini.

In the Category B version of the men’s foil Belarusian Andrei Pranevich won a tight encounter to claim the gold. Pranevich managed the last strike as Briton Dimitri Coutya for the 15-14 win.

Ukraine also had a strong time at the meet as they claimed three medals in the later events through the meet. Andrii Demchul won the men’s sabre Category A as he defeated Russian youngster Viktor Dronov 15-5.

Italian Alessio Sarri defended his men’s sabre Category B title from Pisa as he defeated his closest rival Adrian Casto. Italy just couldn’t get the job done in the men’s team epee as they fell to Russia in the final there. Italy will look to get revenge next month as they host the next world cup event.


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