WCH Moscow 2015 - Women's Individual Sabre (14 July) - Preview

The individual sabre events will be the first to contest medals at the 2015 World Championships in Moscow.

Olga Kharlan (UKR) is poised to complete a three peat of world championship titles. She also won this crown in 2013 and 2014. Kharlan joined two other fencers who won this event in back-to-back world championships. Elena Jemayeva (for Azerbaijan) won it in 1999 and 2000 and Mariel Zagunis (USA) triumphed in 2009 and 2010. Olga is also the bronze medallist from the Olympic Games London 2012.

The defending champion from the London Games is Kim Ji-Yeon (KOR) who defeated Sophia Velikaia (RUS) in the finals in London. Velikaia, one of the top competitors in the field, is one of two world champions from Russia in this event. She won the title in 2011 after Elena Netchaeva (RUS) who had won it in 2007.

Kharlan, Zagunis, Jemayeva and Anne Lise Touya (FRA) have all won this event twice. The latter is the only one not to have achieved this in back-to-back world championships. Kharlan can become the first fencer to achieve three world titles and also three consecutive in this event.

United States lead the charge in the nations medal table, being the only country that has won the world title three times in Women’s sabre. Italian fencers have won more medals (10) than any other country in this event. However, Italy has yet to win a gold medal.

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