Italy’s Fiamingo and Hungary’s Imre World Champions in Women’s and Men’s épée – Fencing WCH 2015
Women's individual Épée
Rossella Fiamingo (ITA) won women's individual épée at the 2015 world championships in Moscow to become the first woman to win back-to-back world titles in this event since Laura Flessel-Colovic (FRA) in 1998-1999. Fiamingo joined Flessel-Colovic (1998 and 1999) and Mariann Horvath (HUN, 1991 and 1992) as the only women with multiple world titles in this event. This was the third gold medal for Italy in this event, equalling France and Hungary on most wins.
Emma Samuelsson (SWE) became the third Swedish woman to win a medal at the world championships, after Helena Elinder (SWE, bronze) in 1993 and Maria Isaksson (SWE, bronze) in 2001, both also in women's individual épée.Samuelsson's medal was Sweden's first medal at the fencing world championships since a bronze medal for men's team épée in 2003.
Sarra Besbes (TUN, bronze) won the second medal for Tunisia in world championship history. Last year Ines Boubakri (TUN) claimed bronze in women's individual foil.
Xu Angi (CHN) won her third medal at the world championships and her first in an individual event, after two silver medals in women's team épée in 2011 and 2013.
Men's individual Épée
Geza Imre (HUN) won gold in the men's individual épée event at the 2015 world championships in Moscow to claim his 10th world championship medal in total, and his first in an individual event. Imre had won his nine previous medals in men's team épée. At the age of 40 years and 204 days, Imre is the oldest winner of the men's individual épée event in world championship history. The previous oldest winner was Volker Fischer (FRG, 36-345) in 1987. Imre won his first medal, a bronze in team épée, 20 years ago in 1995. Hungary has now won men's individual épée seven times. Only France has more wins (13).
Gauthier Grumier (FRA) took silver, his third medal in this event after silver in 2010 and bronze in 2014. Grumier has now won nine medals in total at the world championships, only Christian D'Oriola (FRA, 13), Ulrich Robeiri (FRA, 10) and Eric Srecki (FRA, 10) have won more among French male fencers.
Patrick Jorgensen (DEN) claimed bronze to become Denmark's first medallist in a men's event since Mogens Luchow (DEN) won gold in individual épée in 1950, and the first Danish medal in any event since 1954 when Karen Lachmann (DEN) won gold in women's individual foil.
Jung Seung Hwa (KOR) took bronze, his first medal at the world championships. In men's events, Korea has now won four individual épée medals in world championship history. It has only won more in individual sabre – five.
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