TBILISI, Georgia, June 2-4, 2023 – Italy’s Martina Favaretto won the individual foil gold medal at the Tbilisi Women’s Foil World Cup and USA won the team gold. The event took place at the Tbilisi Sports Palace, with 166 individual fencers and 22 teams participating in the competition.
Favaretto faced Germany’s Anne Sauer in the final bout of women’s individual foil, winning with a 15-4 score. In the semifinal round, Sauer won against Canada’s Eleanor Harvey, 15-12, while Favaretto defeated France’s world champion Ysaora Thibus, 15-11. Of note, Sauer beat USA’s Olympic champion Lee Kiefer in the quarterfinals, 15-13, and China’s Yue Shi defeated Italy’s world champion Alice Volpi in the table of 16, 15-14, before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Harvey, 15-7.
USA faced Italy in the final match of women’s team foil, winning with a 45-41 score. In the semifinal round, Italy defeated Japan, 45-38, while USA beat France, 45-34. The bronze medal went to Japan over France, 45-40.
Final rankings in women’s individual foil included Martina Favaretto (ITA, gold), Anne Sauer (GER, silver), Eleanor Harvey (CAN, bronze), Ysaora Thibus (FRA, bronze), Lee Kiefer (USA), Yuka Ueno (JPN), Yue Shi (CHN) and Karin Miyawaki (JPN).
Final rankings in women’s team foil included USA (gold), Italy (silver), Japan (bronze), France, Poland, Canada, China and Spain.