VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada, Dec. 8-11—Hungary’s World Champion Gergely Siklosi and Italy’s Giulia Rizzi won the individual gold medals at the Vancouver Men’s and Women’s Epee World Cup, and France won both men’s and women’s team gold medals. The event took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre, with 188 and 192 men’s and women’s individual fencers as well as 26 and 21 men’s and women’s teams participating in the competition.
Siklosi faced France’s world champion Yannick Borel in the final bout of individual men’s epee, winning with a 15-12 score. In the semifinal round, Borel won against France’s Alexandre Bardenet, 15-12, while Siklosi beat China’s Lan Minghao, 15-10. Of note, Minghao defeated French world and Olympic champion Romain Cannone in the quarterfinals, 15-11.
Rizzi faced Hong Kong-China’s Man Wai Vivian Kong in the final bout of individual women’s epee, winning with a 15-9 score. In the semifinal round, Kong won against Canada’s Alexanne Verret, 15-8, while Rizzi beat Hungary’s Anna Kun, 15-11. Of note, Kong defeated Italian world champion Mara Navarria in the round of 16, 15-6.
In men’s team epee, France won against Italy in the final match, 45-34. In the semifinal round, Italy defeated Israel, 35-34, while France beat Japan, 45-39. The bronze medal went to Japan over Israel, 45-41.
In women’s team epee, France won against Korea in the final match, 37-36. In the semifinal round, Korea defeated Israel, 45-39, while France beat Switzerland, 45-40. The bronze medal went to Switzerland over Israel, 45-36.
Final rankings in men’s individual epee included Gergely Siklosi (HUN, gold), Yannick Borel (FRA, silver), Alexandre Bardenet (FRA, bronze), Minghao Lan (CHN, bronze), Romain Cannone (FRA), Volodymyr Stankevych (UKR), Yonatan Cohen (ISR) and Alexis Bayard (SUI).
Final rankings in women’s individual epee included Giulia Rizzi (ITA, gold), Man Wai Vivian Kong (HKG, silver), Anna Kun (HUN, bronze), Alexanne Verret (CAN, bronze), Marie-Florence Candassamy (FRA), Auriane Mallo (FRA), Lauren Rembi (FRA) and Dzhoan Feybi Bezhura (UKR).
Final rankings in men’s team epee included France (gold), Italy (silver), Japan (bronze), Israel, Hungary, Korea, China and Switzerland.
Final rankings in women’s team epee included France (gold), Korea (silver), Switzerland (bronze), Israel, Hungary, China, Hong Kong-China and Canada.