Honours spread in men’s individual and team fencing events at 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei
A combination of thrilling matches and some great individual performances saw the gold medals shared among the traditional powerhouses of men’s fencing at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, Taiwan.
In the men’s individual epee, Russia’s Sergey Bida beat Hungary’s Zsombor Banyai 15-11 to take gold.
Bida was a worthy winner after showing great form in beating Finland’s Niko Vuorinen 15-9 in the quarter-finals before brushing past Poland’s Filip Broniszewski 15-5 in the semi-finals.
Ukraine’s Dmytro Chuchukalo had to call on all his reserves before claiming gold in the men’s foil.
Chuchukalo fought out a thrilling battle with Japan’s Kyosuke Matsuyama before taking the title thanks to a slender 15-14 victory.
Hungary’s Andras Szatmari was a convincing winner of the men’s sabre title, defeating Turkey’s Enver Yildirim 15-6 in their gold medal Final.
Szatmari had earlier beaten Korea’s Bongil Gu 15-12 in the quarter-finals, before seeing off Iran’s Mohammad Rahbari 15-8 in the semi-finals.
In the men’s team competitions, Russia won a nail-biting men’s team epee title by beating Hungary 31-30, this having earlier overcame Japan in the semi-final by the same scoreline.
There was a better outcome for Japan in the men’s team foil competition as they gained revenge by taking away the gold medal, beating Russia 45-38. The winners had earlier seen off Italy 45-30 in the semi-final, whilst Russia beat Ukraine 45-42.
Korea took out the men’s team sabre competition by beating Iran in the Final 45-30
Widely regarded as coming only second to the Olympic Games in terms of importance, The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural event which is staged every two years in a different city.
Held this year in Taipei, Taiwan, from 19 August to 30 August, the 2017 Summer Universiade, the XXIX Summer Universiade, commonly known as Taipei 2017 Universiade, consists of 14 compulsory sports, with a further three optional sports also chosen by the host country.