BELGRADE, Serbia, Dec. 9-11—Italy’s world champion Alice Volpi won the individual gold medal at the Belgrade Women’s Foil World Cup, and Italy won the team gold. The event took place at the Belgrade Fair, Hall 5, with 195 individual fencers and 21 teams participating in the competition.
Volpi faced Germany’s Leonie Ebert in the final bout of the individual event, winning with a 15-6 score. In the semifinal round, Ebert won against USA’s Olympic champion Lee Kiefer, 15-13, while Volpi defeated teammate Francesca Palumbo, 15-8.
In the women’s team foil event, Italy won against USA in the final round, 45-22. In the semifinals, USA defeated Japan, 45-22, while Italy beat France, 45-41. The bronze medal went to France over Japan by default, following a medical withdrawal.
Final rankings in women’s individual foil included Alice Volpi (ITA, gold), Leonie Ebert (GER, silver), Lee Kiefer (USA, bronze), Francesca Palumbo (ITA, bronze), Sera Azuma (JPN), Pauline Ranvier (FRA), Erica Cipressa (ITA) and Julia Walczyk-Klimaszyk (POL).
Final rankings in women’s team foil included Italy (gold), USA (silver), France (bronze), Japan, China, Spain, Poland and Ukraine.