PARIS, France, May 19, 2019—Korea’s reigning Olympic champion Sangyoung Park took gold at the Paris Challenge SNCF Réseau Men’s Epee World Cup, with Team Switzerland winning the men’s team event. In all, 41 international teams and 373 individual epeeists participated in the competition, which took place at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin.
Park fenced Russia’s Nikita Glazkov in the gold-medal match of the men’s individual event, winning with a 15-13 score. Glazkov overtook Hungary’s Mate Tamas Koch in the semi-final round, 15-10, while Park beat Hungary’s Gergely Siklosi, 15-13. Venezuelan Olympic gold medallist Ruben Limardo-Gascon lost in the round of 16 to Ukraine’s Roman Svichkar, 15-11; the Ukrainian was then eliminated in the quarter-finals by Siklosi, 15-13. Also, French world champion Yannick Borel was narrowly beaten in the round of 32 by Koch, 15-14.
The Swiss men’s epee team faced France in the final of the men’s team epee event, winning 45-32. France beat Spain in the semi-finals, 45-26, and Switzerland defeated Italy, 36-27. The bronze medal went to Italy over Spain, 39-37.
The top-eight individual finalists in the Paris Challenge SNCF Réseau Men’s Epee World Cup included Sangyoung Park (KOR, gold), Nikita Glazkov (RUS, silver), Mate Tamas Koch (HUN, bronze), Gergely Siklosi (HUN, bronze), Yulen Pereira (ESP), Roman Svichkar (UKR), Max Heinzer (SUI) and Aymerick Gally (FRA).
Top-eight winners for the men’s team epee event include Switzerland (gold), France (silver), Italy (bronze), Spain, Japan, Hungary, Korea and Israel.
Complete and official results for the event may be found here on the FIE web site.