Korea win men’s team sabre, Italy land women’s team foil at FIE World Fencing Championships in
Korea's men and Italy's women's fencing teams struck gold as the first medals in the team events were decided at the 2017 FIE World Fencing Championships in Leipzig, Germany.
Korea secured the men’s team sabre event whilst Italy won the women’s team foil competition as nearly 30 men’s and 14 women’s teams from around the world participated in pursuit of gold medals and the respective world titles.
Korea’s success came as they took the Final match and gold medals over Hungary thanks to a strong performance and winning score of 45-22. Korea also won the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, but this was first time the country has won a World Championship title in this event. Italy took the bronze medal over the USA, 45-40.
The semi-final matches were much closer encounters which were both won by a single touch each at 45-44, with Hungary beating Italy and Korea defeating the USA.
Italy took bronze and third place from USA in fourth, with Iran, Romania, France, and Russia making up the top eight spots.
In the women’s team foil competition, Italy comfortably secured their gold medal and the World Championship title after beating USA in the Final by a wide margin of 45 touches to 25.
The victory ensures the Italians continue their dominance of this competition which has now seen them win this event at six of the last eight World Championships.
The bronze medal went to Russia, who beat Germany with another wide-margin victory, 45-29.
The semi-final clashes in contrast resulted in closer scores, with USA beating Russia, 45-42, and Italy beating Germany, 45-34.
Russia took the bronze medal and third place ahead of Germany in fourth, with France, Canada, China, and Japan lining up in the top eight spots below them.