Team USA Women’s Saber Bronze in Tianjin, China; Russia Wins Gold

Tianjin, China – Team USA Women’s Saber defeated Japan in the round of 16 45-28, followed by a 45-38 victory over China to advance to the top 4.  In the Semi-finals, the team lost a heart-breaker 44-45 to eventual winner Russia before beating France for the Bronze Medal.    Russia went on to defeat Ukraine for the gold.

Mariel Zagunis captured the individual gold the previous day and maintains her #1 world ranking over Ukrainian Olga Kharlan.

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)

CLICK HERE FOR LIVE RESULTS! (It’s a little confusing to figure out)

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!

Olympic Champion Mariel Zagunis Wins Silver in China

Hot of the Facebook presses from National Team Member (and all around awesome girl) Dagmara Wozniak.  She just checked-in with some exciting news from the women’s saber team in China…

From Dagmara:
Mariel lost to Velikaya RUS 15-7 for the gold medal bout.  Daria lost to Gavrilova 15-9 or 10 to make 32. Monika and I lost to make the 16. I lost to a korean girl (Kim) 15-14 and i was up 13-10 :(. Monika lost to a Chinese girl 15-7.  Tomorrow is we will redeem ourselves. best of luck to you guys! !

Similar to the situation in men’s saber, the women now have 1 world cup left in Dallas with the final 2 National Team spots being tightly contested between Monica Aksamit, Daria Schneider and Alexis Jemal.