European Fencing Championships at a glance


Yannick Borel (FRA) won the gold medal in men's individual épée. He had previously finished 11th (2011) and 25th (2012) in this event at the European Championships.

The last five editions of this event have now been won by five different athletes: Borel, Gauthier Grumier (FRA), Andras Redli (HUN), Jörg Fiedler (GER) and Pavel Sukhov (RUS).

Borel handed France its first back-to-back victories in men's individual épée since Hugues Obry (FRA) and Rémy Delhomme (FRA) won for France in 1998 and 1999 respectively.

French fencers have now won men's individual épée six times, second only to Hungary (7).

Last year's silver medallist Max Heinzer (SUI) again took home the silver medal. He has now claimed five medals in this event, but never the gold one (S2-B3).

Timur Safin (RUS) won his first gold medal in men's individual foil.

At the 2014 European Fencing Championships Safin claimed the bronze medal with Russia in men's team foil, but finished 11th in the individual event.

Safin became the third Russian to win this event, after Alexey Cheremisinov (RUS) in 2012 and Dmitriy Shevchenko (RUS) in 1994.

Erwan Le Pechoux (FRA) claimed the silver medal, his third in men's individual foil at the European Championships. He previously took home the bronze in 2007 and 2014.

Benedikt Wagner (GER) became the third German to win men's individual sabre, after Felix Becker (GER) in 1993 and Wiradech Kothny (GER) in 1999.

Five-time champion Alexey Yakimenko (RUS) took home the bronze medal. It was his 12th medal in total in this event (G5-S4-B3).

Twelve medals in a single individual event is a record at the European Championships (both men and women).

France won men's team épée in back-to-back editions for the first time since 2002-2003.

It was France's 11th medal in this event at the European Championships (G7-S2-B2), surpassing Hungary (10) for most in this event.

Italy finished in second place and claimed their first medal in this event since wining bronze in 2009.

Ukraine (bronze) bagged their eighth medal in this event. Only France (11) and Hungary (10) have won more in men's team épée.

  • Russia won the European title in men's team foil for the second time, after 2004.
  • Russia are now one of four countries with multiple gold medals in this event, after Italy (8), France (4) and Germany (4).

Italy finished in second place, claiming a record 13th medal in this event at the European Championships. Russia follow with 12 medals.

Great Britain claimed their third medal in this event, all bronze (2010, 2013, 2016).

Russia won men's team sabre for the 10th time.

Also in women's team sabre did Russia win their 10th gold medal, equalling the record for most gold medals in a specific team event. Italy have also won 10 gold medals in women's team foil.


Simona Gherman (ROU) equalled Ildiko Mincza-Nebald (HUN) and Imke Duplitzer (GER) on a record two gold medals in women's individual épée.

Gherman had previously won this event in 2012. She also claimed a bronze medal in 2014.

Ana Maria Popescu (ROU) took home the silver medal, her fourth medal in this event in total (G1-S2-B1). She equalled Gianna Hablutzel-Burki (SUI, S2-B2) on a record four medals in women's individual épée.

Arianna Errigo (ITA) dethroned Elisa Di Francisca (ITA) who had won women's individual foil at the last three European Championships. Di Francisca finished fifth.

Errigo had previously claimed the bronze medal in this event on three occasions: 2009, 2012 and 2015.

Italian fencers have now won women's individual foil at seven of the last eight European Championships: Di Francisca four times, Valentina Vezzali (ITA) two times and Errigo once.

The only exception in this run was Inna Deriglazova (RUS) who won in 2012.

Sofya Velikaya (RUS) successfully defended her title in women's individual sabre.

Last year Velikaya ended Olga Kharlan's (UKR) four-edition winning streak in this event

For Velikaya it was her fourth gold medal in women's individual sabre, second only to Kharlan's five.

Kharlan took home the bronze medal, meaning Velikaya (G4-S3) and Kharlan (G5-S1-B1) both joined Ilaria Bianco (ITA, G1-S1-B5) on a record seven medals in women's individual sabre.

Estonia won women's team épée for the second time, after their gold medal in 2013.

Estonia claimed the silver medal in 2015.

Romania had won this event at the last two European Championships, but took home the bronze medal this year.

France claimed the silver medal, their best result in women's team épée as they had claimed the bronze medal on three previous occasions.

Russia broke Italy's seven-year winning streak in women's team foil at the European Championships, claiming their first gold medal since 2008.

Italy (silver) claimed their 15th medal in this event at the European Championships, one shy of Russia's 16.

Russia, Italy and France have now finished on the podium in this event in four of the last five editions of the European Championships, including the last three.

Russia won women's team sabre for the fifth consecutive time and for a record 10th time.

Also in men's team sabre did Russia win their 10th gold medal, equalling the record for most gold medals in a specific team event. Italy have also won 10 gold medals in women's team foil.

France (silver) and Ukraine (bronze) finished behind Russia, recording the exact same podium in this event as at the previous two editions of the European Championships.

All photo by Augusto Bizzi here.

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