27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

World Fencing Championships kick off in Kazan

Female sabre fencers opened the first competition day in the Kazan Tennis Academy today. All three Russian athletes did well and advanced to the round of 64. Sofya VELIKAYA (RUS) won 4 out of 6 bouts in the pool, having beaten opponents from Indonesia, Venezuela, Spain and Japan. She only suffered a defeat by Teodora KAKHIANI (GEO) and Seona HWANG (KOR).

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Dina GALIAKBAROVA was a class above her rivals from Australia, Germany, Dominican Republic and Czech Republic, but she was beaten by sabre fencers from Hong Kong and Spain. Although, it did not stop her from getting into the main draw of the tournament.

Yana EGORIAN also scored four wins and suffered two defeats in the pool stage. She lost to fencers from Estonia and Canada, but managed to power past the Australian, Brazilian, Mexican and Azerbaijani ones.

“These defeats don’t mean anything. When the top 64 begins, it’s important not to lose there, in elimination bouts. What happens in the pools is just a warm-up. Of course, we would like to fence a stronger rival in the later stages, but if you want to fight for the first place, you need to beat all,” head coach of the Russian national team, Ilgar Mamedov, summed up the results of Day 1.

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In the round of 64, Sofya  VELIKAYA will take on Olena Kravatska (UKR),  Yana EGORIAN will fence Manon BRUNET (FRA),  Galiakbarova will encounter Olga ZHOVNIR (UKR) while Ekaterina DYACHENKO, who got an automatic bye, will fight against Xueqian ZHANG (CHN).

The bouts will be held on July 18. The women’s sabre gold medals will be contested the same day. 

Press Department of Executive Directorate for Sports Projects