27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

World Fencing Championships: Kharlan of Ukraine takes first gold

The women's sabre medals were contested on Friday at the World Fencing Championships in Kazan.

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The first women's sabre bouts showed that the tournament will be very interesting and unpredictible. The 4th seeded Jiyeon Kim (KOR) lost to Lucrezia SINIGAGLIA (ITA), who is the number 61 seed. The Russian female fencers moved to the first playoff round without defeats but one of them got eliminated in teh table of 32. Dina GALIAKBEROVA dropped a bout to Aleksandra SOCHA (POL), 10-15. 

"I lacked a little bit of confidence. I miscalculated my strength on the piste and it had an impact on my performance. I felt a strong urge to win but instead I needed to step on the piste with a clear mind. But any experience is experience and it will come in handy in the future," GALIKABEROVA commented her performance at the tournament. 

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 In the round of 32, Sofya VELIKAYA faced a tough prospect of Irene VECCHI (ITA). Nevertheless, VELIKAYA managed to emerge victorious in a dramatic tussle by beating the Italian fencer, 15-13. That bout was also followed by a nail-biter  between Ekaterina DYACHENKO and Anna MARTON (HUN). As for Yana EGORIAN, she comfortably defeated Mila KIKUCHI (JPN), 15-4. 

In the quarterfinal, VELIKYA fenced Olga KHARLAN (UKR) and despite all her efforts she dropped the bout to the defending champion, 9-15. EGORIAN and DYACHENKO, on the contrary, were in a better form than VOUGIOUKA (GRE) and WOZNIAK (USA) and took close wins over their opponents. 

But luck was not on their side in the semis. EGORIAN was beaten narrowly by Mariel ZAGUNIS and DYACHENKO failed to make amends for her failure in the last year's world championships final against KHARLAN, 7-15.

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"I'm so happy to win a medal. I was a few steps from victory but I shouldn't complain. It was my second appearance at the world championships and I'm content with the outcome. The toughest fight was in the quarterfinal against the Greek fencer. She was physically stronger than me and I had to rely on tactics. You can analyse a rival but it is never a 100%. It was a tug of war. But everything turned out well and fortune favoured me," said Yana EGORIAN. 

"I suggest not counting me as one of Olga Kharlan's trophies. She used a different tactic today. I owe an apology to all that the semi-final bout turned out like this. Although, on the other hand, it was spectacular. But to be so wiped out... I haven't lost like this in a while," Ekaterina DYACHENKO apologised to her fans. 

Despite the injury she picked up at the end of the final bout, Olga KHARLAN managed to post a beautiful win over ZAGUNIS. DYACHENKO and EGORIAN settled for bronze medals. 

Press Department of Executive Directorate for Sports Projects