HAMMAMET, Tunisia, May 6-8, 2022—Japan’s Misaki Emura won the individual gold medal at the Tunisia Women’s Sabre World Cup, and Korea won the team gold. The event took place at the Hammamet Medina Conference and Expo Center, with 179 individual fencers and 26 teams participating in the competition.
Emura faced Greece’s Despina Georgiadou in the final match of the individual event, winning with a 15-13 score. In the semifinal round, Georgiadou won against France’s Manon Apithy-Brunet, 15-9, while Emura beat her teammate, Kanae Kobayashi, 15-12. Of note, Romania’s Sabina Martis defeated Ukrainian four-time world champion Olga Kharlan in the round of 16, 15-11, followed by Apithy-Brunet winning against Martis in the quarterfinals, 15-10.
In the women’s team sabre event, Korea won against Japan in the final match, 45-25. Japan defeated France in the semifinals, 45-30, while Korea beat Italy, 45-31. The bronze medal went to France over Italy, 45-31.
Final rankings in individual women’s sabre included Misaki Emura (JPN, gold), Despina Georgiadou (GRE, silver), Manon Apithy-Brunet (FRA, bronze), Kanae Kobayashi (JPN, bronze), Sarah Noutcha (FRA), Sabina Martis (ROU), Caroline Queroli (FRA) and Yuliia Bakastova (UKR).
Final rankings in women’s team sabre included Korea (gold), Japan (silver), France (bronze), Italy, Azerbaijan, Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria.