Gasping and cheering crowds, fantastic fencing, dramatic finish…could you ask for any more?
New York — Aldo Montano (ITA) notched his 2nd world cup victory in a row defeating Won (KOR) in the semi-finals and then Apithy (FRA) in the finals. For team USA, Tim Morehouse finished 6th and Daryl Homer 8th (his first finals) to lead team usa in the men’s saber event. In the round of 64 team USA had some hard luck with Ben Igoe losing a close match 15-14 to Gu (KOR), Etropolski falling 15-13 to Pastore (FRA) and Nydham falling 15-14 to Murolo (ITA). Dan Bak and Jeff Spear also fell in the round of 64.
This is how fencing should be!
From the FIS web site
PALERMO – Great fencing tonight in Palermo at the Teatro Politeama during the “Memorial Calarese,” a trophy to honor the memory of one of the best Sicilian saber fencers ever. Aldo Montano won in the final bout over Nicolas Limbach 15-10.
With about 1000 people present including Michele Maffei and Rolando Rigoli, the competition started with Nicolas Limbach (GER) against Mamoudou Seta (SEN) with a 15-7 win. Then Giampiero Pastore (ITA) beat Benjamin Reshetnikov (RUS) 15-9.
In the quarter finals Luigi Tarantino (ITA) fenced against the 2008 Olympic Champion Zhong Man (CHN). After an intense bout Zhong won 15-10. Lastly, Aldo Montano (ITA), had a real hard time to beat Jason Rogers (USA) 15-11, after an 8-7 partial.
In the semifinals, Pastore recovered with a 0-4 against Limbach (5-5 first then 7-7), but eventually he lost 9-15. Aldo Montano on the other hand beat Zhong Man 15-13 in the Olympic champions duel.
Montano wa undefeated in the final also. Against the current world champion, Nicolas Limbach, Aldo was ahead from start to finish. The last point at 15-10 was few minutes past midnight, local time.