Russia’s Velikaya and Team Italy Win Tunis Women’s Sabre Fencing World Cup

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Russia’s Velikaya, Team Italy Win Tunis Women’s Sabre Fencing World Cup

TUNIS, Tunisia, May 12, 2019—Russia’s two-time world champion, Sofya Velikaya, scored gold at the Tunis Women’s Sabre World Cup, and Italy won the women’s team sabre event. The event took place at Salle Omnisport la Coupole El Menzah Tunis, attracting 26 international teams and 181 competitors.

Velikaya fenced China’s Jiarui Qian in the gold-medal match of individual women’s sabre, winning with a 15-12 score. Italy’s Irene Vecchi was eliminated in the semi-finals by Qian by a point, 15-14, while France’s Charlotte Lembach was beaten by Velikaya, 15-6. In the quarter-finals, Lembach narrowly overcame Ukraine’s triple world champion, Olga Kharlan, 15-14.

In the women’s team sabre event, Italy took the gold over Ukraine, 45-42. Ukraine beat Korea in the semi-finals, 45-39, and Italy defeated Japan, 45-30. In the match for the bronze medal, Korea won against Japan, 45-43.

The top-eight individual women’s sabre ranking at the Tunis Women’s Sabre World Cup included Sofya Velikaya (RUS, gold), Jiarui Qian (CHN, silver), Charlotte Lembach (FRA, bronze), Irene Vecchi (ITA, bronze), Cecilia Berder (FRA), Jiyeon Kim (KOR), Olga Kharlan (UKR) and Manon Brunet (FRA).

The top-eight women’s sabre teams included Italy (gold), Ukraine (silver), Korea (bronze), Japan, France, Russia, China and USA.

Official results are available here, on the FIE Web site.

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