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Alisher Usmanov (RUS)


Nathalie Rodriguez M.-H. (FRA)


Emmanuel Katsiadakis (M .H.) (GRE)


Evgeni Tsoukhlo (RUS)


Ferial Nadira Salhi (ALG)


Ana Pascu (M.H.) (ROU) Donald Anthony (USA) Wei Wang (CHN) Erika Aze (LAT)

Jacek Bierkowski (POL) Velichka Hristeva (BUL) Isabelle Lamour (FRA)


Elena Murdaca (ITA)


Margarita Berdoz (SUI)


Gabrielle Meylan (SUI)


Joana Almeida (POR)

Yuki Ota (JPN)

Novak Perovic (RSA) Oleg Peskov (KAZ)

Giorgio Scarso (ITA)


Krisztian Kulcsar (HUN)

Pascal Tesch (LUX)


Natalia Bodrova (RUS)

Aron Szilagyi (HUN)


Sophie Treyvaud (SUI)

Bence Szabo (HUN)


Mbagnick Ndiaye (SEN)


Vitaly Logvin


Celso L. Dayrit (M.H.) (PHI)


Stanislav Pozdnyakov (RUS)


Elena Grishina (RUS)


Helen Smith (M.H.) (AUS)


Marina Shturbabina (UKR)


Maria Ntanou (GRE)


Barna Heder (HUN)


Svetlana Krasnokoutskaya (RUS)


Serge Timacheff (USA) Augusto Bizzi (ITA)



“ PLEASE JOIN ME IN ENJOYING AN EXCITING NEW YEAR OF FENCING ” Dear Friends, Once again, time is passing quickly and we are already nearing the completion of our first fencing season in the new Olympic quadrennial. Well on our way on the Road to Tokyo 2020, the FIE has successfully completed a full set of world cups and Grand Prix competitions around the globe.


Our nine-city Grand Prix tour, which recently finished

The future is in our hands: It is up to us to take advantage of

with events in Bogota, Shanghai, and Moscow, has been a

the talent, resources, and support with which we are blessed,

resounding success, attracting world-class, international

and to win the hearts of people everywhere so that they may

fencer. At the same time, the numerous world cups and zonal

share our passion.

events give even more opportunities for established as well as newer fencers to show their abilities. In this new quadrennial,

As we approach the grand finale of this season, the Senior

we have already seen many promising talents on the

World Fencing Championships in Leipzig, Germany, I am

international fencing pistes, alongside and competing against

optimistic and confident we all have everything necessary to

well-known athletes from previous years.

take fencing to a new level of achievement and success. Please join me in participating in building and creating a bright,

Now is the time for the FIE and the world fencing community

dazzling future for our sport.

to begin planning for a major success in Tokyo. Our Executive Committee, commissions, and Councils, along with the

Alisher Usmanov

FIE staff, are working hard to be innovative and efficient as


they collaborate to develop bold new programs to bring fencing to eager new audiences. We are together creating programs, promotions, and informational efforts in new and interesting ways that allow fencing to grow in popularity and participation.





MAY 2, 2017

TAUBERBISCHOFSHEIM, WOMEN’S FOIL WORLD CUP USA’S KIEFER, TEAM ITALY WIN WOMEN’S FOIL WORLD CUP IN GERMANY The world’s top-two women’s foilists battled over the past weekend for first place at the Reinhold-Wurth-Cup Women’s Foil World Cup event in Germany’s home of fencing, Fecht-Club Tauberbischofsheim. World number-one USA fencer Lee Kiefer took on Italy’s champion and second-ranked Arianna Errigo in the final, with a razor-thin victory going to the American, 15-14. Italy took home the gold in the team event.


It was an all-star line-up of women’s foil finals, with Errigo defeating

win over Russia in the semi, 41-39. That left France to take on Russia

home-favorite Carolin Golubytskyi in the semi-final, 15-5, while Kiefer

for bronze, which the French took after a 45-37 win.

took-out Russian star Inna Deriglazova with another narrow victory, 15-14, in the other semi round. With more than 150 participants,

The top-eight overall individual ranking from Tauberbischofsheim

virtually every top-ranked women’s foil fencer from around the globe

and winning the Reinhold-Wurth-Cup places Lee Kiefer at the top

was at the event, vying for gold.

(USA, gold), Arianna Errigo (ITA, silver), Inna Deriglazova (RUS,

“I was excited to have a strong competition after my recent rise in world ranking,’ said Kiefer. ‘It was a lot of fun having close bouts in the finals and semifinals. Every time I make it on the podium, it is still an unreal feeling!’.” In the women’s team foil event, with a total of 16 teams competing,

bronze), Carolin Golubytskyi (GER, bronze), Nicole Ross (USA), Ines Boubakri (TUN), Leyla Pirieva (RUS), and Fanny Kreiss (HUN). Overall, the top-eight team rankings place Italy in first place (gold), followed by Germany (silver), France (bronze), Russia, USA, Canada, Japan, and Hungary.

Italy defeated Germany for gold, 45-33, after winning a closer match in the semi-final against France, 45-40. Germany also had a narrow





MAY 8, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, MEN’S FOIL WORLD CUP ITALY’S GAROZZO, TEAM FRANCE VICTORIOUS IN ST. PETERSBURG MEN’S FOIL WORLD CUP Olympic gold medallist Daniele Garozzo of Italy scored another victory this weekend in St. Petersburg, Russia, by winning the Men’s Individual Foil World Cup fencing competition. France also took a gold medal in the Men’s Team Foil event. The competition took place at the historic Zimniy Stadium.


In Men’s Individual Foil, Garozzo defeated Young Ki Son of Korea, 15-9, in the quarterfinal before facing Hong Kong’s



Ka Long Cheung in the semi-final, where the Italian took a 15-12 victory. For gold, Garozzo faced his teammate and champion Andrea Cassara, whom he beat 15-13. Cassara had beaten Russia’s Timur Safin in the semi-finals; he also overcame World Champion Miles Chamley-Watson (USA) in the quarterfinals, 15-9. In the Men’s Team Foil event, France face Russia in the final, winning with a 45-34 final score. France beat Italy in the semi-final in a much closer match, ending at 45-43. Russia also had a close semi-final against USA, defeating the Americans by one point, 45-44. The USA took bronze against Italy, 45-38. The top-eight overall individual ranking from St. Petersburg included Daniele Garozzo (ITA, gold), Andrea Cassara (ITA, silver), Ka Long Cheung (HKG, bronze), Timur Safin (RUS, bronze), Miles Chamley-Watson (USA), Gerek Meinhardt (USA), Young Ki Son (KOR), and Alessandro Paroli (ITA). Overall, the top-eight team rankings place France (gold) in first place, followed by Russia (silver), USA (bronze), Italy, Korea, Japan, Ukraine and Poland.



MAY 9, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO, WOMEN’S EPEE WORLD CUP ESTONIA’S KUUSK, TEAM ITALY WIN WOMEN’S EPEE WORLD CUP IN RIO With several surprise victories over a weekend of women’s epee world cup fencing in Rio de Janeiro, May 5-7, Kristina Kuusk is returning to Estonia with a gold medal. The competition, which took place at the Brazilian Naval School under the shadow of Rio’s Sugarloaf Mountain, also featured a team epee event captured by the Italian women’s team.


Kuusk faced Russia’s Daria Martynyuk in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Individual Epee event, beating her 15-11, before having to face her teammate, Erika Kirpu, in the semi-finals that ended in a lower-scoring bout, 8-5. In the final, Kuusk fenced Germany’s Alexandra Ndolo, whom she beat 15-10. Ndolo had a close 15-14 victory in the semi-final against Poland’s Ewa Nelip. The Polish fencer had taken-out USA epeeist and Olympic team bronze medallist (London 2012) Courtney Hurley, in the round of eight, 15-8. In the Women’s Team Epee event, Italy narrowly edged-out Russia in the final with a 29-28 victory for the gold medal. Russia beat China in the semi-final, 38-32, while Italy had a wide-margin victory over Ukraine in the same round, 33-18. China took the bronze medal over Ukraine, 40-37. The top-eight overall individual ranking from Rio places Kristina Kuusk (EST, gold) in first place, followed by Alexandra Ndolo (GER, silver), Erika Kirpu (EST, bronze), Ewa Nelip (POL, bronze), Daria Martynyuk (RUS), Mara Navarria (ITA), Lis Fautsch (LUX), and Courtney Hurley (USA). Overall team rankings place Italy (gold) in first place, followed by Russia (silver), China (bronze), Ukraine, Korea, Germany, Estonia, and USA.




MAY 12-14, 2017

TUNIS, WOMEN’S SABRE WORLD CUP UKRAINE’S KHARLAN, TEAM ITALY WIN GOLD IN TUNIS WOMEN’S SABRE WORLD CUP Olympic medallist and World Champion Ukrainian fencer Olga Kharlan took gold this weekend in Tunis at the Women’s Sabre World Cup. The Italian women’s team is also traveling home with gold after winning the Women’s Team Sabre competition.


There were numerous top-level women’s fencers participating and more than 100 competitors overall. In the semi-finals, Kharlan overtook topranked Olympic gold medallist Russian Yana Egorian, 15-12, before scoring victory, 15-9, against second-ranked Hungarian Anna Marton in the goldmedal match. Marton had beaten third-ranked Manon Brunet of France in the semi-final, 15-12. In the Women’s Team Sabre event, Italy overtook Ukraine in an exciting, close match, 45-44, in the round of eight before going on to fence Japan in the semi-final. The Japanese won against top-ranked Russia in the round of eight, 45-40, but were beaten Italians in the semi-final, who won 45-34. In the final, Italy had a strong win over Poland, 45-36. The Polish women’s team beat France 45-39 in the semi-final; France then took the bronze medal against Japan, 45-41. The top-eight overall individual ranking from Tunis included Olga Kharlan (UKR, gold), Anna Marton (HUN, silver), Manon Brunet (FRA, bronze), Yana Egorian (RUS, bronze), Irene Vecchi (ITA), Rossella Gregorio (ITA), Malgorzata Kozaczuk (POL), and Lucia Martin-Portugues (ESP). The top-eight teams from Tunis included Italy (gold), Poland (silver), France (bronze), Japan, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Mexico.




MAY 12-14, 2017

PARIS, MEN’S EPEE WORLD CUP ITALY’S FICHERA, TEAM KOREA VICTORIOUS IN PARIS AT CHALLENGE SNCF RESEAU MEN’S EPEE WORLD CUP Italian Marco Fichera took gold this weekend in Paris at the Challenge SNCF Reseau Men’s Epee World Cup. The Korean men’s epee team also earned the top position at the event. The prestigious event drew more than 300 top men’s epeeists, as well as 30 international teams from around the world. The event took place at Paris’ historic Stade Pierre de Coubertin.


Fichera, who was gold medallist in the Singapore Youth Olympic Games in 2010, overcame first-ranked Olympic gold medallist Korean Sangyoung Park in the round of 16, 15-9. He then met two-time World Champion Nikolai Novosjolov of Estonia in the round of eight, whom he beat, 15-10. After then dueling against Japan’s Koki Kano in the semi-final, winning 15-10, he faced home-town favorite Yannick Borel of France for gold. The Italian won the final match, 15-12. Borel had beaten Polish fencer Karol Kostka, 15-9, in the semi-final and his French teammate, Daniel Jerent, 15-13, in the quarter-final. Korea dominated the team event, winning the final against Italy, 38-29. The Korean men beat Japan in the semi-final, 34-32, while Italy took out Ukraine 40-29. Japan managed to edge-out Ukraine for the bronze medal in a low-scoring match, 26-22. The top-eight overall individual ranking from Paris include Marco Fichera (ITA, gold), Yannick Borel (FRA, silver), Koki Kano (JPN, bronze), Karol Kostka (POL, bronze), Nikolai Novosjolov (EST), Daniel Jerent (FRA), Vadim Anokhin (RUS), and Ronan Gustin (FRA). The top-eight teams from Paris included Korea (gold), Italy (silver), Japan (bronze), Ukraine, France, Switzerland, Hungary, and Russia. More information may be found about the event at its official





MAY 19-21, 2017

MADRID, MEN’S SABRE WORLD CUP GERMANY’S HARTUNG, TEAM ITALY TAKE GOLD IN MADRID SABRE WORLD CUP Winning by a single touch to a thrilled audience, Germany’s Max Hartung won the individual finals of the Madrid Men’s Sabre World Cup this weekend. The Italian men’s sabre team also took gold in the team finals of the World Cup. More than 175 world-class fencers participated in the event, with teams coming from 21 countries.


The final bout in individual competition was closer than any match in the quarter- or semi-finals, with Hartung finishing 15-14 against USA’s Eli Dershwitz. The 27-year-old Hartung beat Hungary’s Andras Szatmari in the semi-final, 15-7; the Hungarian won gold earlier this year in the February Sabre World Cup in Padua, Italy. Dershwitz had beaten another Hungarian, two-time gold Olympic gold medallist Aron Szilagyi, in the other semi-final, 15-8. This was the first gold medal at the World Cup level for Hartung. In men’s team competition, Italy prevailed and won the gold medal over Russia, 45-34, in the final match. Prior to the final, Italy faced Romania, whom they beat, 45-39. Russia fenced Hungary in the other semi-final, winning 45-38. In the bronze-medal match, Hungary took Romania with a close result, 45-43. The top-eight overall individual ranking from Madrid include Max Hartung (GER, gold), Eli Dershwitz (USA, silver), Andras Szatmari (HUN, bronze), Aron Szilagyi (HUN, bronze), Enrico Berre (ITA), Luigi Samele (ITA), Guillermo Mancheno (ESP), and Dmitriy Danilenko (RUS). Overall, the top-eight team rankings place Italy (gold) first, followed by Russia (silver), Hungary (bronze), Romania, USA, Iran, France, and Germany.




MAY 21, 2017

ITALY’S BATINI, BRITAIN’S KRUSE WIN GOLD AT THE SHANGHAI FOIL FENCING GRAND PRIX With nearly 300 international top-ranked fencers participating, Great Britain and Italy are taking home gold this weekend after the Shanghai Foil Fencing Grand Prix. A best-ever win for Italy’s Martina Batini, this was also the season’s best result for 33-year-old British fencer Richard Kruse. The event also featured several lower-ranked world fencers achieve best-ever finishes as the first year in the new Olympic quadrennial begins the Road to Tokyo 2020.


The British fencing star took-on Italian Alessio Foconi in the final, beating him 15-8 after a long day of competition for both athletes. Kruse defeated France’s Erwan Le Pechoux in the semi-finals, 15-13. Le Pechoux had twice previously won this same Grand Prix in Shanghai, and this was the tightest match of the day for Kruse. Foconi fenced and beat Russian Dmitry Zherebchenko in the semi-final, 15-9, for whom a bronze medal is a best-ever result at the Grand Prix level. Top-seeded fencers Alexander Massialas (USA) and Daniele Garozzo were eliminated in early rounds. In an edge-of-your-seat final, world number-one and Olympic champion Inna Deriglazova of Russia lost by a single touch, 15-14, to 28-year-old Martina Batini of Italy in the Shanghai gold-medal final of the women’s foil event—a best result for the Italian. Batini took-out Russian Svetlana Tripapina in the semi-final, 15-10, while Deriglazova took a wide-margin win in the semi, 15-5, against Ysaora Thibus of France. World number two and Italy’s powerhouse fencer, Arianna Errigo, lost in the round of 16. The Shanghai competition is one of nine cities in which the International Fencing Federation (FIE) is holding major Grand Prix events during this 2016-2017 fencing season. The competitions all lead to the upcoming 2017 Senior Fencing World Championships, being held this July in Leipzig, Germany. Overall top-eight ranking for the men include Richard Kruse (GBR, gold), Alessio Foconi (ITA, silver), Erwan Le Pechoux (FRA, bronze), Dmitry Zherebchenko (RUS, bronze), Lorenzo Nista (ITA), Takahiro Shikine (JPN), Jun Heo (KOR), and Maximilien Chastanet (FRA). Top eight for the women included Martina Batini (ITA, gold), Inna Deriglazova (RUS, silver), Ysaora Thibus (FRA, bronze), Svetlana Tripapina (RUS, bronze), Nicole Ross (USA), Eleanor Harvey (CAN), Alice Volpi (ITA), and Beatrice Monaco (ITA). Additional and information for the Shanghai Foil Grand Prix may be found on the FIE Web site, with men’s results located here and women’s results here.




MAY 28, 2017

HUNGARY’S SZASZKOVACS, UKRAINE’S NIKISHIN WIN GOLD AT THE BOGOTA EPEE FENCING GRAND PRIX More than 200 of the world’s best men’s and women’s fencing athletes competed this weekend in Colombia at the 2017 Bogota Men’s and Women’s Epee Grand Prix. Bogdan Nikishin of Ukraine and Emese SzaszKovacs of Hungary took the men’s and women’s gold medals, respectively. One of nine world Grand Prix events sponsored by the International Fencing Federation (FIE), this is the eighth in the series leading to the Senior World Fencing Championships this July in Leipzig, Germany.


This was a second Grand Prix gold for the 37-year-old Nikishin, who won last year in Rio. He faced Italy’s Marco Fichera in a low-scoring final match, 7-3. For Fichera, the silver medal is a best-ever win at this level. In the semi-final, Nikishin overcame another Italian, Edoardo Munzone, whom he beat 13-7. Fichera took-out higher-ranked Kyoungdoo Park in the semifinals, 15-11; Park defeated Fichera’s teammate and World Champion, Paolo Pizzo, in the quarter-finals, 15-14. Hungarian Olympic gold medallist from Rio 2016, 34-year-old Emese Szasz-Kovacs scored victory again in the Bogota individual women’s event. She defeated Man Wai Vivian Kong of Hong Kong in a close final, finishing 15-13. Szasz-Kovacs won against Olympian and previous Grand Prix winner (Budapest 2015) Shin A Lam of Korea in the semi-finals, with another close finish, 10-9. Kong won the semi-final match against Italy’s Alberta Santuccio, for whom this was a best-ever result. Kong also beat Russian epee champion Tatiana Logunova, 15-8, in the quarter-finals. Overall top-eight ranking for the men’s epee event include Bogdan Nikishin (UKR, gold), Marco Fichera (ITA, silver), Edoardo Munzone (ITA, bronze), Kyoungdoo Park (KOR, bronze), Enrico Garozzo (ITA), Jinsun Jung (KOR), Pavel Sukhov (RUS), and Paolo Pizzo (ITA). Top-eight for the women included Emese Szasz-Kovacs (HUN, gold), Man Wai Vivian Kong (HKG, silver), Alberta Santuccio (ITA, bronze), Shin A Lam (KOR, bronze), Tatiana Logunova (RUS), Injeong Choi (KOR), Chengzi Xu (CHN), and Giulia Rizzi (ITA). Additional and information for the Bogota Epee Grand Prix may be found on the FIE Web site, with men’s results located here and women’s results here. The official website for the Bogota Grand Prix is located here.




JUNE 4, 2017

FRANCE’S LEMBACH, ITALY’S CURATOLI EARN VICTORIES AT MOSCOW SABRE FENCING GRAND PRIX Moscow’s famous “VTP Ice Palace” this weekend featured nearly 300 toplevel world sabre fencers at the Moscow Men’s and Women’s Sabre Fencing Grand Prix. France and Italy took home gold medals after the three-day event, with Charlotte Lembach winning the women’s event, and Luca Curatoli taking the men’s title. One of nine world Grand Prix events sponsored by the International Fencing Federation (FIE), this is the third and final sabre event in the series leading to the Senior World Fencing Championships this July in Leipzig, Germany.


The men’s event featured multiple Olympic and world-champion fencers looking for victories, and many newer faces to elite world fencing also earned high-level results. This was a best-ever individual win for Italy’s 22-year-old Curatoli, who took a bronze in March at the sabre Grand Prix in Seoul, Korea, beating Korean World Championship silver medallist Bongil Gu, 15-13, in the final. In the semi-final, the Italian took-out another top-ranked Korean fencer, four-time Grand Prix winner and Olympic bronze medallist Junghwan Kim, 15-11. Prior to that, in the round of eight, Curatoli also beat USA’s Olympic silver medallist, Daryl Homer, 15-13. In the second semi-final, Gu beat Hungarian two-time Olympic gold medallist Aron Szilagyi in a close match, 15-14. The women’s sabre competition also featured numerous top athletes from Olympic and world events, and for France’s 29-year-old Charlotte Lembach, winning in Moscow this weekend was a best-ever result. In the final, she overcame Hungarian Anna Marton, 15-10, for whom this was her third Grand Prix silver medal. Lembach beat Romanian Bianca Pascu in the semi-final, 15-11, and Marton took-out France’s Caroline Queroli in the other semi match, 15-5. For both Pascu and Queroli, winning a Grand Prix bronze are best-in-career results. Top-five-ranked fencers Kim Jiyeon (KOR) and Manon Brunet (FRA) both went out in the round of eight.


Overall top-eight ranking for the men’s sabre event included Luca Curatoli (ITA, gold), Bongil Gu (KOR, silver), Junghwan Kim (KOR, bronze), Aron Szilagyi (HUN, bronze), Daryl Homer (USA), Sanguk Oh (KOR), Alexey Yakimenko (RUS), and Tiberiu Dolniceanu (ROU). Top-eight for the women included Charlotte Lembach (FRA, gold), Anna Marton (HUN, silver), Bianca Pascu (ROU, bronze), Caroline Queroli (FRA, bronze), Manon Brunet (FRA), Jiyeon Kim (KOR), Chika Aoki (JPN), and Anna Bashta (RUS). Additional and information for the Moscow Sabre Grand Prix may be found on the FIE Web site, with men’s results located here and women’s results here. The official website for the Moscow Grand Prix is located here.



JUNE 12, 2017



he 17th Senior African Fencing Championships finished today in Cairo, Egypt after completing 12 events

including men’s and women’s team and individual competition in foil, sabre, and epee. The event, which took place at the famous Cairo International Stadium in Nasr City, drew nearly 100 fencers from all parts of Africa as well as country teams from six nations. Overall, Tunisia and Egypt took the most gold medals at the Championships.



Individual Competition. In epee, Ivory Coast’s Gwladys Gbahi Sakoa took the gold over Egypt’s Salwa Gaber, winning by a single touch, 15-14. For the men, Ayman Fayez of Egypt was victorious over Satya Gunput of Mauritius in another close match, 15-13. In foil, Tunisia’s Ines Boubakri, Olympic bronze medallist and currently ranked seventh in the world, overtook Egypt’s Yara Elsharkawy, 15-6, for the gold. For the men, Egypt’s Olympic silver medallist, Alaaeldin Abouelkassem beat Tunisia’s Mohamed Samandi, 15-10. For sabre, it was a Tunisian sweep. Tunisia’s Azza Besbes won gold by a wide margin, 15-3, over fellow Tunisian Yosra Ghrairi, in the women’s event. For the men, Tunisia’s Fares Ferjani took the victory over teammate Hichem Smandi, 15-9. Team Competition. For the epee team competitions, Tunisia prevailed over Egypt, 45-38, with South Africa taking bronze in the women’s event. For the men, Egypt won over Morocco, 45-37, with Senegal taking bronze.



In foil, Egypt scored victory in the final match over Algeria, 45-30, in the women’s event, and also took the gold over Tunisia, 45-37, in the men’s competition. Tunisia took the bronze medal for the women and South Africa for the men. In sabre, Egypt was again the winner in women’s competition, beating Tunisia, 45-37. The reverse happened for the Tunisian men, who won the final against Egypt, 45-43. Senegal earned bronze for the women and the women’s events. Final results and details may be found on the FIE Web site, here.



JUNE 19, 2017



he Senior Pan-American Fencing Championships have finished in Montreal, Canada, after completing 12 events including men’s and women’s team and individual competition in foil, sabre, and epee.

The event, which took place at the Centre Pierre Charbonneau in Montreal’s Olympic Park, featured about 200 fencers from throughout the Americas. The USA won eight of the 12 events, followed by Mexico and Venezuela, who each took home two gold medals.



Individual Competition. In epee, two Olympian sisters from the USA took gold and silver in the women’s event, with Kelley Hurley overcoming Courtney Hurley in the final, 15-13. Kelley Hurley defeated Brazilian Olympian Nathalie Moellhausen, 15-11, in the semi-final, while Courtney Hurley beat teammate Katharine Holmes, 15-8, in the same round. For the men, Olympic gold medallist Ruben Limardo Gascon of Venezuela prevailed over Colombia’s John Edison Rodriguez for the gold, winning by a touch, 11-10. Limardo defeated USA’s Benjamin Bratton in the semi-final, 14-7, while Rodriguez took out Brazil’s Alexandre Camargo, 15-10. In foil, it was a USA sweep, taking all medals for both men and women. World numbertwo women’s foilist Lee Kiefer won gold, defeating Sabrina Massialas, 15-11, in the final. Kiefer beat Nicole Ross in the semi-final, 15-13, while Massialas defeated Margaret Lu, 1210, in the same quadrant. For the men, Race Imboden overtook Alexander Massialas, 1512, to win gold. Imboden beat Gerek Meinhardt in the semi-final, 15-11, while Massialas overcame World Champion Miles Chamley-Watson by a single touch, 15-14. For sabre, Mexico’s Paola Pliego won career-best gold in the final against teammate Julieta Toledo, 15-11. Pliego beat Canadian Marissa Ponich, 15-7, in the semi-final, while Toledo defeated Venezuela’s Shia Rodriguez in the same round, 15-4. In the men’s event, it was another USA final, with Olympic silver medallist Daryl Homer beating Eli Dershwitz— who has won this event twice before—in the final, 15-10. Dershwitz beat Canada’s Joseph Polossifakis in the semi-final, 15-10, while Homer beat teammate Jeff Spear, 15-12.



Team Competition. In epee team competition, the USA women’s team had a very strong day, beating local favorite Canada in the final, 45-26, for the gold medal. Prior to the final, the USA took-out Chile, 45-19, in the semi-finals, while Canada beat Brazil, 45-36. Brazil beat Chile for the bronze, 45-24. For the men, Venezuela defeated Argentina in the final match, 45-34. The Venezuelans overcame Canada in the semi-final, 45-30, and Argentina beat USA, 45-40. The bronze medal went to Canada over USA, 41-36. The USA women scored victory in the women’s team foil event over Canada, with a strong finish score of 45-26. The USA beat Mexico in the semi-final, 45-13, while Canada again beat Brazil, 41-32. Brazil took the bronze medal against Mexico, 45-38. For the men, USA overcame Brazil in the gold-medal match, 45-37. Prior to the final, the USA beat Puerto Rico in the semi-final, 45-15, and Brazil took-out Mexico, 45-33. Mexico took home the bronze medal against Puerto Rico, 45-32. In sabre, Mexico scored gold, beating the USA in the women’s final, 45-40. The USA defeated Venezuela in the semi-final, 45-35, while Mexico beat Canada, 45-39. Venezuela won the bronze against Canada, 45-27. For the men, the USA was victorious over Canada in the gold round, winning 45-29. The USA also beat Colombia in the semi-final, 45-23, while Canada overcame Venezuela, 45-34. Venezuela took bronze against Colombia, 45-35. Final results and details may be found on the FIE Web site, here.


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JUNE 19, 2017



he Senior European Fencing Championships have finished in Tbilisi, Georgia, after completing 12 events including men’s and women’s team and individual

competition in foil, sabre, and epee. The event, which took place at the New Tbilisi Gymnastic Arena, drew broad participation from country teams and more than 400 individual fencers from throughout the European continent. Italy took the most gold medals (four) throughout the Championships, followed by Russia and France.



Individual Competition. In epee, Russian women’s epeeist Violetta Kolobova, currently ranked fourth in the world, took the Zonal title for the second time in her career. She overtook Germany’s Alexandra Ndolo, 15-10, in the final match. Kolobova beat top-ranked Olympic gold medalist Emese Szasz-Kovacs 15-13 in the semi-final, and Ndolo defeated World Champion Estonian Julia Beljajeva, 15-12, to make the final. For the men, France’s Yannick Borel, ranked first in the world, took the gold for the second year in a row, defeating World Champion Paolo Pizzo of Italy, 15-10. Borel took out two-time World Champion Nikolai Novosjolov of Estonia in the semi-final, as well, 15-10. In foil, two World Champion and Olympic medallists battled for women’s gold. Olympic gold medallist and World Champion Inna Deriglazova of Russia was overtaken in the final by World Champion and Olympic silver medallist, Arianna Errigo of Italy, in a very close match that ended 15-14. Errigo beat France’s Ysaora Thibus in the semi-final, 15-9. For the men, Olympic gold medallist and top-ranked Italian Daniele Garozzo beat Olympic bronze medallist and third-ranked Russian Timur Safin, 15-12 for the gold. Garozzo defeated his fourth-ranked teammate, Giorgio Avola, 15-9, in the semi-final. For sabre, and to the delight of the Georgian audience, a local athlete took top honors, with Georgia’s Teodora Kakhiani winning 15-8 over Italy’s Rosella Gregorio. Kakhiani beat Hungarian Liza Pusztai, 15-12, in the semi-final. For the men, Germany took the gold medal with World Championship bronze medallist Max Hartung beating two-time Olympic gold medallist Aron Szilagyi of Hungary in the final, 15-7. In a spirited match but disappointing result for the Georgian audience, Hartung took out Georgian Sandro Bazadze, 15-11, in the semi-final.



Team Competition. For the epee team competitions, the French women’s team prevailed by a single point over Russia, 42-41, for the gold medal. In the semi-final, France took-out Estonia, 45-30, while Russia beat Romania, 45-41. Romania took bronze over Estonia, 45-38. In men’s team epee, it was another single-point win with Russia beating Ukraine, 33-32. Russia beat Germany in the semi-final, 45-30, and Ukraine defeated Czech Republic in a low-scoring semifinal match, 18-14. Similarly, in the bronze match, Czech Republic beat Germany, 23-22. In foil, the Italian women’s team had a strong win against Russia for the gold medal, 45-31. The Italians beat Germany in the semi-final, 45-36, while Russia beat Hungary, 45-27. In the bronze match, Germany was victorious over Hungary by a wide margin, 45-18. In the men’s team foil event, France closely beat Russia, 45-43, in a tight match for gold. The French beat the Germans in the semi-final, 45-26, while Russia overcame Italy, 45-40. Italy earned the bronze against Germany, 45-40. In sabre, it was again a tight match, with the Italian women’s team beating Russia by a touch, 45-44, for the gold. Russia beat Hungary in the semi-final, 45-25, and Italy had defeated France, 45-39, in the same round. France took home the bronze medal against Hungary, 45-37. In men’s sabre, it was the reverse of the women’s results, with Russia winning over Italy, 45-41, for the gold medal. The Italians had beaten Germany, 45-39, in the semi-final, with Russia beating Hungary with the same score. Hungary took bronze over Germany, 45-28. Final results and details may be found on the FIE Web site, here, and the official Web site for the European Senior Fencing Championships may be found here.



JUNE 20, 2017



he 2017 Blue Cross Asian Fencing Championships have finished in Hong Kong, China,

after completing 12 events including men’s and women’s team and individual competition in foil, sabre, and epee. The event, which took place at the AsiaWorld-Expo, featured more than 300 top-level fencers from throughout Asia and Oceania. Korea won seven of the 12 events, followed by China, which took four gold medals.



Individual Competition. In epee, Korea’s Young Mi Kang took the gold medal in the women’s event, overtaking Hong Kong’s Man Wai Vivian Kong in the final by a single touch, 13-12. This was a careerbest for the 32-year-old Kang, who beat China’s Mingye Zhu in the semi-final also by a point, 8-7. Kong beat Olympic bronze medallist and number-two-ranked Yiwen Sun of China in the semi-final, 15-13. For the men, Korea and Kazakhstan faced-off in the finals, with Ruslan Kurbanov (KAZ) taking a career-best gold over Korean Youngjun Kweon, 15-10. Kweon beat third-ranked World Champion bronze and silver medallist Kyoungdoo Park in the semi-final, 15-12, while Kurbanov overtook eighthranked Jinsun Jung in the other semi-final, 15-13. In foil, it was another career-best gold for China’s Xingxin Huo in the women’s event, where she beat Olympic silver and World Championship bronze medallist Hyunhee Nam of Korea, 15-6. Huo also beat World Championship silver medallist Korean Hee Sook Jeon in the semi-final, 12-11, while Nam defeated Japan’s Minami Kano, 15-11, in the same round. For the men, it was again career-bests for both fencers, with Korea’s Taegyu Ha overcoming Hong Kong’s Ka Long Cheung in the final, 15-11. Cheung beat Korea’s Young Ki Son in the semi-final, 15-9, while Ha won the round against China’s Haiwei Chen, 15-12. For sabre, Korean Olympic gold medallist Jiyeon Kim scored victory in the final over her teammate, Jiyeon Seo, 15-11, in the women’s event. In the semi-final, both Koreans scored widemargin victories over their opponents, with Kim beating Japan’s Misaki Emura, 15-9, and Seo winning against China’s Xinting Yu with the same score. In the men’s event, fourth-ranked World Championship silver and bronze medallist Bongil Gu of Korea won gold against Iran’s Mohammad Rahbari, 15-8. Gu beat another Iranian, Ali Pakdaman, 15-7, in the semi-final, while Rahbari overtook Korea’s Junho Kim, 15-13, in the same round.



Team Competition. In epee team competition, China prevailed over Korea in the women’s event, 34-30. The Chinese women beat Hong Kong in the semi-final, 45-37, while Korea defeated Japan with the same score. Japan took the bronze medal, 45-41, over Hong Kong. For the men’s event, Korea was victorious over China, 45-35, in the gold-medal round. Korea beat Hong Kong in the semi-final, 45-40, and China took-out Japan with the same score. Japan also took bronze in this event over Hong Kong, winning with a score of 45-30. In the foil team events, the Korean women’s team scored a strong win over Japan, 45-30, in the final match to win gold. Japan had an even stronger win over China in the semi-final, winning it 45-24, while Korea beat Hong Kong, 45-34. China took the bronze medal over Hong Kong, 39-26. For the men’s team event, China also had a wide-margin win over Korea in the final, 4529. Korea had a much closer score in the semi-final, where they beat Hong Kong, 45-41; China defeated Japan in the same round, 45-31. Hong Kong took the bronze medal, beating Japan, 45-35. In team sabre, China took gold in the women’s final, defeating Korea in an exciting match with a close score of 45-43. Both teams beat opponents—Korea winning over Hong Kong and China beating Japan—in the semi-final with the same score for each of 45-30. Japan earned the bronze over Hong Kong, 45-38. For the men’s event, Korea won the gold medal over Iran in a close, audience-pleasing match ending with a 45-42 score. Also with the same score in both semi-final matches—45-28—Korea beat China and Iran defeated Hong Kong. China took the bronze against Hong Kong, 45-34. Final results and details may be found on the FIE Web site, here.




How important was the win for you in the Shanghai Grand Prix? It’s not often that I win a World Cup or Grand Prix. I’ve taken part in about 130 and only won 5 to date. So, I enjoy the wins when they come. What does it mean to me to win? Another few months in the top 16 of the world ranking probably - haha.



You finished 4th at the Olympics last year, can you tell us a few words about your experience at Rio 2016? I can’t be too upset about my 4th place in the Olympics because it was a personal best for me in a global championships. Also, throughout the qualification period, there was no guarantee that I would actually get a place in the Rio Olympics. It all came down to the last World Cup in Bonn. We were knocked out and therefore had to hope the right combination of teams won and lost in the rest of the competition. Thankfully for Great Britain we qualified but it was by the skin of our teeth.


What has been your training schedule over the last few months? It’s been the same as usual. I do five sessions a week Monday to Friday. For practical reasons I only do one session per day but it is a long session. From arriving in the morning until leaving in the afternoon it is about 5hrs. I warm up, take a lesson, spar, do some core exercises, warm down and then shower. Job done!



What are your expectations for the biggest event of the season, the World Championships in Leipzig?


Have you faced a difficult situation that affected your sporting career and if so how did you overcome it?

You know you’re old in this game when the venues

I’ve been funded by the British Government to fence full time

for the World Champs start doubling up on

since 2004. The salary was very low (under minimum wage)

themselves! I was in Leipzig in 2005 for the World

but it still gave me a chance to be a professional fencer and

Champs then. I have no idea what will happen there

follow a dream. After coming 4th in Rio (the best Olympic

nor any expectations, fencing is like chaos theory.

result by a British fencer in over half a century) and also

I am aware that a good result will be welcomed

finishing that season 3rd in the world ranking - government

because I have a lot of points to defend from the

funding for fencing was removed so there was no more


funding for me! Goodbye! Nowadays times are hard, I’ve had to move back in with my parents to keep costs down


Could you tell us about your life when your not training?

and I’m in talks with various sponsors right now. It’s quite an unbelievable situation to be honest but I’ll survive somehow. Not getting rid of me that easily haha!

Fencing has given me a great life over the years in

Lastly, a question back to your start, what do you remember

many ways, not financially I should point out, but in

about when you started fencing.

terms of quality of life. I do a bit of coaching, when I’m not training, at a club in London. As you can

I remember being beaten up by a young girl on my first day

see from my routine I have a lot of free time in the

in a fencing club. At that moment I realised how clever this

afternoons when I like learning foreign languages. I

system of combat was because it doesn’t rely on size or

also enjoy travelling to obscure places in the world

strength but on knowledge!

well away from the beaten track of tourists. My next adventure will be Chisnau in Moldova.



FIE ATHLETES TO ELECT NEW COMMISSION IN LEIPZIG At the upcoming 2017 Senior World Fencing Championships, taking place in Leipzig, Germany in July, participating athletes will have the opportunity to vote to elect new members of the FIE Athletes’ Commission. The FIE is encouraging all registered FIE athletes in Leipzig to take part in this important election, which gives fencers a prominent voice in the proceedings and oversight of International Fencing. 21 athletes from 21 federations are candidates to this election. Voting begins on July 19, the first day of competition, and ends on the last day, July 26. Voting will be open each day from 09h00 until 17h00 at a specially designated kiosk in the World Championships venue (the kiosk will close at 12h00 on the last day).



Voting will take place electronically and inperson for each fencer at the voting kiosk, and voters are able to cast ballots for up to six athletes (non-weapon specific). Additionally, the FIE Executive Committee will nominate six more athletes when it meets in September, to make a total of 12 on the Commission.. These six athletes will be selected from the list of 21 candidates. If possible, and if the submitted candidacies provide enough diversity, all three weapons, both genders, and four regions (Europe, Americas, Asia/Oceania, Africa) will be represented. Athletes serve a four-year term. Federations will be informed of the results at the closing ceremony of the World Championships. The Athletes Commission will meet on 7 October 2017 in Lausanne, to elect its President and to prepare its working calendar.






The International Fencing Federation (FIE) is committed to enabling access to fencing for all people in all places. With that in mind, the FIE is continuing to develop its “Donate Your Fencing Gear” initiative this July at the Senior World Fencing Championships in Leipzig, Germany, by inviting athletes to bring good-quality, used equipment as a charitable donation. The FIE will collect any used gear from fencers and then redistribute it to qualified national fencing federations exhibiting a genuine need for equipment. The program’s aim is for fencers living in disadvantaged realities and challenging environments to be able to pursue their sport, unhindered by equipment and financial challenges. As one of the activities promoting fencing on the “Road to Tokyo 2020”, the FIE is currently evaluating federation beneficiaries and is inviting them to present charitable projects and needs for equipment. The selected projects and federations will be announced at the end of June, a few weeks prior to the World Championships, and a special kiosk will be set up there to receive and process donations.



Donations at the World Championships will be collected on the 19th and 20th of July, and then distributed on the 21st and 22nd.


MAY 31, 2017

INFORMATION FROM THE CROATIAN FENCING FEDERATION A recent quarterly educational forum for fencing coaches has begun, sponsored by the Croatian Fencing Federation, in collaboration with the Fencing Association of Zagreb. Twenty-eight students attended the first event, with the practical portion led by Romania’s Peter Kuki after he was recommended to the group by FIE Sport Director Krisztian Kulcsar. The full group of students all passed the course and the program is now fully operational. The program will help develop fencing in Croatia.


San Salvador, El Salvador, May 29, 2017. Forty-two enthusiastic students from thirty member countries of the Pan-American region have successfully completed the Innovative Studies Program for Teacher’s Training of the Epee Specialty. During these two weeks, from May 14 to 29, the assistants shared their knowledge and experiences while forming new collaborative networks to promote the development of fencing in our continental region with the facilitating

MAY 29, 2017


guide of our expert speakers. The Regional Development Strategy of the Pan American Fencing Confederation emphasized not only the teaching of the fundamental concepts of pedagogy and didactics of modern fencing, but also, in an innovative way, has included in its curriculum strategic papers on arbitration and FIE regulations as well as mental preparation and development of efficiency and effectiveness in combat, all for the better performance of teachers, and therefore, of the athletes of the region, according to our program of continuous improvement of processes, on this occasion, the development of human resources of our confederation. View the full press release here.


MAY 5, 2017

FENCING MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD IN STRASBOURG The International Academy of Arms (AAI) has announced the Fencing Masters World Championships, to be held June 29 to July 2 in Strasbourg, France. The event will be held at the Strasbourg University Club, The AAI Congress will also be held on July 1. The website for the AAI may be found here, and the organization may be contacted directly via email:

MAY 9, 2017

OLYMPIAN, WORLD FENCING CHAMPION KRISZTIAN KULCSAR ELECTED HUNGARIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT LAUSANNE, Switz., May 9, 2017 — The International Fencing Federation (FIE) would like to congratulate Mr. Krisztian Kulcsar for his recent election as President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB). He is currently the FIE Sport Director, and has also overseen FIE logistical technical preparations and operations at major events, including fencing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Mr. Kulcsar, 45, is an epee fencer who was twice Olympic silver medalist, World Champion ( in 2007), World champion by team (in 2001 and 1998) and European Champion by team (2007 and 1998). He has been deputy chairman of the Hungarian Fencing Federation. Mr. Kulcsar has university degrees in economics and law. He is married, with three children.

APRIL 24, 2017

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DR. STACEY JOHNSON (USA) TO BE INDUCTED INTO COSIDA HALL OF FAME Congratulations to Dr. Stacey Johnson, former president of USA Fencing, for her forthcoming induction into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame. She is the first fencer in the organization’s history to receive this honor, and shares the honor this year in a notable female-only field of inductees. Other athletes inducted into the organization have typically been from major U.S. sports such as [American] football and basketball, many of whom have been very well-known sports figures in the USA. To be inducted, a candidate must have numerous credentials, including having earned academic and sports nominations and honors as well as meeting a variety of stringent career, philanthropic, and other achievements. CoSIDA, founded in 1957, is a 3000-plus membership organization in the USA comprising sports public relations, media relations, and communications/information professionals involved in collegiate athletics in the USA and Canada. More information about CoSIDA may be found at their official website,

APRIL 13, 2017


The FIE would like to congratulate Mr. Carl Borack, Olympian, filmmaker, and a former famous member of the FIE Publicity and Promotion Commission, for his recent successful documentary, “What is it About Fencing?“, which won “Best Short Film Documentary“ at the London Independent Film Awards. In a personal letter to Mr. Borack, International Olympic Committee President, and Olympic Gold Medallist and fencer Mr. Thomas Bach, wrote, “...I can only express my hope, that this film does inspire many more athletes and not only fencers. Sport can contribute great lessons for life and in this case your film is putting this together showcasing it through the sport of fencing. Therefore thank you very much again for your dedication to the promotion of sport in general and fencing in particular beyond the field of play.“ Borack wrote, produced and directed the film, examining fencing and its life influence on its participants. The list of successful people that were former fencers who have made an impact on culture, business, and the world in general is very long. For more information about the film, a trailer/teaser is available on YouTube, accessible here.



he 2017 Senior World Fencing Championships will begin in Leipzig, Germany on July 19 at the Arena Leipzig, where a broad selection of top athletes from around the globe will converge to compete for 12 World Champion titles. As the first Senior World Championships after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, beginning the “Road to Tokyo 2020” quadrennium, this year will feature familiar world fencers as well as many new faces intent upon finding their way to the top of the ranks. Events in all three weapons – foil, epee, and sabre – will take place in Leipzig, featured in individual and team competitions for both men and women.


Leipzig was home to the 2005 Senior World Fencing Championships, again in the first year after the Olympics (Athens 2004), and Germany has been host to numerous World Cup events over the past decade. The German Fencing Federation (DFB) and the local German organizers, ), have a strong history of managing and executing excellent fencing events, and this summer’s Championships promise to be equally exciting and wellrun. More than 800 fencers participated in the Championships in Leipzig in 2005, and 879 individual competitors will be on-hand this year. This is the most visible event showcasing the increasing diversity and reach of fencing into all corners of the world. As part of the FIE’s ongoing and highly successful social media and live television endeavors, the Championships will be livestreamed daily on YouTube and frequent updates on Facebook and Twitter will deliver the fencing action to fencing fans and supporters worldwide. In addition to the featured events of the Championships, a number of other fencing-related activities will take place. A new initiative, Donate Your Fencing Gear, encourages fencers to bring good-quality, used equipment to Leipzig and offer it for countries with underprivileged fencers and fencing programs. An important election will take place throughout the Championships, open to all registered FIE fencers, to vote for the new members of the FIE Athletes’ Commission for a four-year term. There will also be two fencing camps taking place during the Championships. A senior fencing camp will also take place as part of the Championships, where fencers competing in Leipzig will have the opportunity to train under high-level coaches. This program, sponsored


by the FIE, gives athletes access to high-level training, when it can be challenging in their home countries. The camp has 48 fencers attending from multiple regions/zones, and will take place at the Grube Hall at the University of Leipzig (close to the competition arena). Coaches for the camp will include Marek Stepien and Octavian Zidaru (epee), Shaimaa El Gammal and Petru Kuki (foil), and Gioia Marzocca (sabre). Prior to and during the Championships, an International Youth Camp, sponsored by the Deutsche Fechterjugend, will host youth fencers from around the world. Senior fencers competing in the Championships will be on-hand to interact with the young fencers, as well as to support them during bouts and observe the matches. As a cultural and touristic center of Germany’s Saxony region, Leipzig is filled with activities to experience its sights, architecture, food, music, sports, art, and more. The city has more than 1200 restaurants, bars, and hotels, and equally enjoyable natural outdoor parks and other attractions. Plus, with its proximity to Berlin, Czech Republic, and Poland, Leipzig offers a wide selection of nearby travel destinations to enrich a visit to this region. Notably, and because of the wealth of musical history in this area, the Opening Ceremonies will feature the world-famous Gewandhaus Orchestra and Choir performing a Johann Sebastian Bach cantata. Bach, Richard Wagner, Felix Mendelsson, Robert Schumann, and many other notable musical legends once made their homes in Leipzig. All of the fencing action may be followed on the FIE Web site and associated social media outlets, by clicking here. In addition, the Championships have their own Web site, which can be accessed here.

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