In a Battle of Champions: Limbach Claims the Gold Over Zhong. Yakimenko Strong in Return. Big Day for Upsets.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria — 2009 World Champion Nicolas Limbach captured the gold over 2008 Olympic Champion Man Zhong 15-11.     Italian fencers, Dieggo Ochiuzzi and Liugi Miracco both finished 3rd after a strong day of fencing for both.

For the USA, Tim Morehouse advanced to the top-32 defeating Jiang of China 15-14 before falling to Alexey Yakimenko 9-15.   Ben Igoe fell 14-15 to Desci (HUN) and Homer lost to Nicholas Limbach 13-15 in the round of 64.

Yakimenko is making his return after a 2-month suspension by the Russian Fencing Federation for unsportsmanlike conduct at a competition.  He looked strong defeating  Szilagy (HUN), Morehouse (USA) and Dumetrescu (ROM) before falling to Mirraco (ITA).

There were a lot of upsets throughout the tournament.  Only one fencer in the top-16 advanced to the round of 8.  

In the round of 64: Hutchinson (GBR) defeated Pillet (FRA) 15-14.  Moreno (ESP) defeated Nemscik (HUN) 15-14.  Bela (HUN) defeated Lopez (ESP) Dolniceanu (ROM) defeated Pina.(ESP)

In the controversial bout of the day, Apithy (FRA) defeated Marti (ESP)15-14 on a disputed call.    Marti made a lunge which landed as Apithy retreated and then took over to riposte and the referees spent 10 minutes determining if Marti’s foot landed first, meaning his attack would be short, if if the blade landed first.  By a tiny amount they determined his foot landed first and gave the point to Apithy…

However, they spent so much time watching Marti’s feet that they missed Apithy potentially crossing his feet which would have given the bout to Marti.   Apithy had already left the strip as Marti tried to get them to look at the replay again to see his feet and he stood on the strip for 15 minutes as various conversations took place, but the bout was ultimatley awarded to Apithy.

Kosikov (RUS) was beating Wang (CHN) 8-0 a tthe break before Wang retired citing a back injury.

The competition continues tomorrow with the team events.  USA Vs. Japan in the round of 16.  Follow on www.twitter.com/timmorehouse

World University Games in Belgrade: Wang of China Wins in Men’s Saber; Yakimenko of Russia injured

The prestigous World University Games in Belgrade are under way…(No US fencers are competing, but many of the top fencers in the world are there)

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Headlines:
In men’s saber, Jingzhi Wang
  of China defeats Bukievich of Belarus for Gold 15-14.  Zhong and Samelle of Italy are 3rd.

In women’s epee, Ewa Nelip of Poland defeats Deac Simona of Romania 15-13 for Gold.  Kochneva Olga of Russia and Nakano Nozomi are 3rd.

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In big news,  it’s being reported that one of the top ranked saber fencers in the world and recent Silver Medalist at the Dallas World Cup Alexey Yakimenko of Russia tore his achilles tenden and will miss European zonals and most likely World Championships. 

If true, this is devastating news for a fencer who would be one of the favorites to win World Championships.  You never want to see athletes get injured.

This is a big weekend for fencing!

Pan American Games, US Nationals and World University games are all happening on this weekend!