TALLINN, Estonia, Oct. 20-22, 2017 – Italy’s Mara Navarria earned gold this weekend in Tallinn, Estonia at the 48th-annual Glaive de Tallinn Women’s Epee World Cup. More than 200 women’s epeeists fenced at the event, which also featured a team event where France won the gold medal with nearly 20 countries competing.
Navarria beat Russian World Champion Tatiana Gudkova, 15-12, in the final round to win the individual women’s gold medal. Gudkova overtook another World Champion, Julia Beljajeva (EST), 15-8, in the semi-finals, while Navarria defeated Olympic gold medallist Emese Szasz-Kovacs (HUN) in the same round, 15-13.
In the women’s epee team competition, France beat Italy, 43-39, to take the gold medal. The Italian women narrowly edged-out China in the semi-final, 44-43, while France also won a close match with Germany, 45-43. In the bronze round, another tight win gave the medal to China over Germany, 32-31.
The top-eight overall individual women’s epee ranking from Tallinn included Mara Navarria (ITA, gold), Tatiana Gudkova (RUS, silver), Julia Beljajeva (EST, bronze), Emese Szasz-Kovacs (HUN, bronze), Dzhoan Feybi Bezhura (UKR), Irina Okhotnikova (RUS), Alena Komarova (RUS), and Laura Staehli (SUI).
Overall, the top-eight women’s epee team rankings place France in first place (gold), followed by Italy (silver), China (bronze), Germany, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, and Hungary.
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