China’s Zhu, Team Russia Victorious at Women’s Epee Fencing World Cup in Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 9-11, 2018—In a career-best performance, Chinese fencer Mingye Zhu took gold this weekend at the historic “Ciutat de Barcelona” Women’s Epee Fencing World Cup in Spain. The Russian women’s epee team also earned gold in the women’s team epee event. Held at the Institut Nacional d’Educacio Fisica de Catalunya (INEFC), a facility from the 1992 Barcelona Olympic and Paralympic Games, about 250 women competed from around the world individually as well as in more than 25 international country teams.
China’s Mingye Zhu defeated Russia’s Tatyana Andryushina, 15-7, in the final round of the women’s individual epee event, after winning against Korea’s Young Mi Kang in the semi-finals, 15-11. Andryushina took-out Ukrainian Olena Kryvytska, 15-5, in the same round. Several top-level women’s epeeists were eliminated in the quarter-finals, including World Champion Julia Beljajeva (EST), World Champion Tatyana Gudkova (RUS), and two-time World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Rossella Fiamingo (ITA).
In the women’s team epee event, Russia won over Italy, 35-25, in the final match. Italy beat Romania in the semi-final, 39-29, while Russia beat USA in the same round by priority, 32-32. USA earned the bronze medal against Romania, 28-20.
The top-eight overall individual women’s epee ranking from Barcelona include Mingye Zhu (CHN, gold), Tayana Andryushina (RUS, silver), Young Mi Kang (KOR, bronze), Olena Kryvytska (UKR, bronze), Julia Beljajeva (EST), Tatyana Gudkova (RUS), Rossella Fiamingo (ITA), and Hyojung Jung (KOR).
The top-eight women’s epee team rankings place Russia (gold) in first place, followed by Italy (silver), USA (bronze), Romania, Estonia, France, China, and Hong Kong.