Cairo, Egypt, April 11, 2021—On the ninth and final day of the Junior and Cadet Fencing World Championships, Russian men and women won both junior team epee events. Thirty-one men’s and twenty-three women’s international teams participated in today’s competitions. Mr. Emmanuel Katsiadakis, FIE Secretary-General, officially closed the competition and the FIE flag was formally passed from this year’s host country, Egypt, to the host for next year’s 2022 Championships, United Arab Emirates.
In junior men’s team epee, Russia defeated USA in the final round, 43-41. USA beat Ukraine in the semifinal, 45-37, while Russia won against Egypt, 45-44. The bronze medal went to Egypt over Ukraine, 45-37.
“I’m very, very happy and I know my team shares this feeling with our coach and supporters”, said Kirill Gurov, Russian junior men’s epee team fencer. “Today we had [to fence] a lot of difficult and top teams such as Switzerland, USA, Egypt and other countries. We knew we needed to just fence and enjoy and trust ourselves and listen to our coaches.”
In junior women’s team epee, Russia beat Spain in the final match, 45-16. Spain won against Egypt in the semifinal, 45-37, and Russia defeated Poland, 43-36. Poland took the bronze medal over Egypt, 45-29.
“I am happy and my strategy today was to win, to win, to win and nothing else”, said Aizanat Murtazaeva, Russian women’s junior epee team fencer. “The biggest challenge was to overcome myself.”
Final rankings for men’s junior team epee included Russia (gold), USA (silver), Egypt (bronze), Ukraine, Switzerland, Spain, France and Poland.
Final rankings for women’s junior team epee included Russia (gold), Spain (silver), Poland (bronze), Egypt, Korea, Colombia, France and Switzerland.
In all, 18 individual and team fencing events in three weapons took place over nine days at the Indoor Halls Complex of the Cairo International Stadium in Nasr City.
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