27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

World Fencing Championships: Arrigo on top of an all-Italian podium

The women's foil medals were contested today at the World Fencing Championships in Kazan.


With the final piste being still hot from Olga KHARLAN and Nikolay KOVALEV's epic victories in the women's and men's sabre, fencers took up the struggle for medals in the foil event. The bouts started at 8:00 local time. The majority of favourites easily advanced to the round of 64 but still there were some unexpected twists. The number 6 seed Carolin GOLUBYTSKYI (GER) suffered a defeat by Kelleigh RAYN and Elisa DI FRANCISCA (ITA) almost lost to Eman SHAABAN (EGY), who dominated most of the bout. 

The round of 32 brought a surprise when last year's bronze medallist Inna DERIGLAZOVA, who was seeded number 4 at the tournament, dropped the bout to Olga LELEYKO (UKR), 8-15. Diana YAKOVLEVA lacked a bit luck in a meet against Ha Na OH (KOR) where she picked up an injury at 13-14 and ran out of strength to continue the bout. 


The rest of Russian fencers were eliminated in the table of 16. Larisa KOROBEYNIKOVA lost to Magdalena KNOP (POL) and Yulia BIRYUKOVA was beaten by Arianna ERRIGO (ITA). 

"It was a crucial match for Errigo as I beat Arianna at the European Championships. She was annoyed with me," said BIRYUKOVA after the bout. 

ERRIGO managed to maintain her can-do attitude until the very final. After beating BIRYUKOVA, she defeated KOROBEYNIKOVA's offender, KNOP, and clawed back to take a victory against her teammate, 14-time world champion Valentina VEZZALI, 15-10. Her opponent in the final was another Italian fencer, Martina BATINI, who failed to dethrone ERRIGO despite all her efforts. It is Arianna's second consecutive win over two years. In 2013 she took the world championships title in the women's individual event. 


"I'm awefully happy to win my second consecutive victory at the Senior Worlds," said ERRIGO after the final. 

Valentina VEZZALI (ITA) and Ines BOUBAKRI (TUN) settled for bronze. 

Press Department of Executive Directorate for Sports Projects