Miles Chamley-Watson wins Gold at Fencing World Championships

Fencing: Miles Chamley-Watson

Miles Chamley-Watson wins the 2013 Fencing World Championship in Men’s Foil. Photo S.Timacheff/FencingPhotos.com





Budapest, 9 August 2013 – Miles Chamley-Watson (USA) becomes world champion in men’s foil and Olga Kharlan (UKR) takes her first individual gold at world championships.

Today’s men’s foil competition was full of surprises. None of the top seeded fencers made it into the semi-finals. World number 1 Andrea Cassara (ITA) lost his quarter-final bout against Rostyslav Hertsyk (UKR), Olympic Champion 2012 Lei Sheng dropped also out in the quarterfinals and Andrea Baldini (ITA), four time world champion Peter Joppich (GER) and Olympic silver medallist 2012 Alaaelding Abouelkassem did not even reach the top 8.

In the end, it was world number 6 Artur Akhmatkhuzin (RUS) and Miles Chamley-Watson (USA) that made it to the gold medal fight. Chamley-Watson had a fantastic start into the fight and was soon several touches ahead. He did not relent and closed the match at 15:6 to become the first US world champion in men’s foil.

This is the first medal for the United States at the 2013 Fencing World Championships.

Miles Chamley-Watson’s path through the championships: 

Chamley-Watson started these World Championships fencing in the preliminary rounds where he won all of his matches to earn the 19th seed entering the elimination portion of the tournament. After winning his first match 15-12 he put through two 15-14 matches to knock out higher seeds. His first was Italy’s Giorgio Avola, the 2011 bronze medalist, followed by Alexey Cheremisinov (RUS) who held a #3 world ranking.

In the final 8 Miles followed up with another 15-14 victory over Sebastian Bachmann (GER). Bachmann had already knocked out #6 James Davis (GBR) but was unable to hold onto an early lead against Chamley-Watson.

Once in the semi-finals, Miles Chamley-Watson took control, dispatching Valerio Aspromonte (ITA) 15-9 and domining in the gold medal match against Artur Akhmatkhuzin (RUS) 15-6.




Women’s Sabre: Kharlan wins Individual Women’s Sabre Title

In women’s sabre, Olympic bronze medallist 2012 Olga Kharlan (UKR) showed an impressive fighting spirit in the semi-final against 2012 Olympic Champion Kim Jiyeon (KOR) and won 15:14 after being several times behind in a very close match. In the final she faced Ekaterina Dyatchenko (RUS) who had eliminated two times indivdual Olympic Champion Mariel Zagunis (USA) in a tied quarterfinal 15:14 and then beat Irene Vecchi (ITA) 15:12 to advance to the final.

In the final, Olga Kharlan overran Dyatchenko in the first half of the match and soon led 9:3. Dyatchenko fought back, closed the gap and tied at 12:12. However, Kharlan stayed concentrated and touched three times in a row to finish the match 15:12. It was her fifth straight podium position at a major event but her first individual title.

Men’s Foil Video:

Final Results: Men’s Foil

Olga Kharlan - 2013 Womens Sabre World Champion

Olga Kharlan won gold in Women’s Sabre. Photo S.Timacheff/FencingPhotos.com

 Rg  Last  First  Country
 1  CHAMLEY-WATSON  Miles   USA
 2  AKHMATKHUZIN  Artur   RUS
 3  ASPROMONTE  Valerio   ITA
 3  HERTSYK  Rostyslav   UKR
 5  CASSARA  Andrea   ITA
 6  LEI  Sheng   CHN
 7  BACHMANN  Sebastian   GER
 8  CHEUNG  Siu Lun   HKG
 9  CHEREMISINOV  Alexey   RUS
 10  MEINHARDT  Gerek   USA
 11  MASSIALAS  Alexander   USA
 12  IMBODEN  Race   USA
 13  ABOUELKASSEM  Alaaeldin   EGY
 14  HEO  Jun   KOR
 15  SON  Young Ki   KOR
 16  CHIDA  Kenta   JPN
 17  BALDINI  Andrea   ITA
 18  DAVIS  James-Andrew   GBR
 19  JOPPICH  Peter   GER
 20  MA  Jianfei   CHN
 21  AVOLA  Giorgio   ITA
 22  FUJINO  Daiki   JPN
 23  RAJSKI  Leszek   POL
 24  LE PECHOUX  Erwan   FRA
 25  AYAD  Tarek   EGY
 26  KIM  Minkyu   KOR
 27  KHOVANSKIY  Alexey   RUS
 28  POGREBNIAK  Andrii   UKR
 29  AWAJI  Suguru   JPN
 30  CADOT  Jeremy   FRA
 31  CHOI  Nicholas Edward   HKG
 32  MERTINE  Julien   FRA
 33  MIYAKE  Ryo   JPN
 34  KRUSE  Richard   GBR
 35  HA  Taegyu   KOR
 36  BRAUN  Marius   GER
 37  WOHLGEMUTH  Dominik   AUT
 38  BYK  Siarhei   BLR
 39  PRANZ  Rene   AUT
 40  NAKIS  Theodoros   GRE
 41  CHOUPENITCH  Alexander   CZE
 42  MAJEWSKI  Michal   POL
 43  HATOEL  Maor   ISR
 43  LEAL  Antonio J.   VEN
 45  PRYMACK  Anthony   CAN
 46  SEDOV  Artem   RUS
 47  KUNDERA  Vaclav   CZE
 48  JOVANOVIC  Bojan   CRO
 49  GUSTINELLI  Johann   GER
 50  BRU  Cesar   VEN
 51  GATAI  Robert   HUN
 52  MARCILLOUX  Marcel   FRA
 53  SZABADOS  Gabor   HUN
 53  TOLDO  Guilherme   BRA
 55  KAWIECKI  Pawel   POL
 56  YEUNG  Chi Ka   HKG
 57  OR  Tomer   ISR
 58  SZABADOS  Kristof   HUN
 59  TAN  Yuan Zi   SIN
 60  TSORONIS  Alexander   DEN
 61  SUN  Bin   CHN
 62  YUNES  Klod   UKR
 63  BABAOGLU  Tevfik Burak   TUR
 64  SZEKI  Bence   HUN

Final Results: Women’s Sabre

 Rg  Last  First  Country
 1  KHARLAN  Olga   UKR
 2  DYACHENKO  Ekaterina   RUS
 3  KIM  Jiyeon   KOR
 3  VECCHI  Irene   ITA
 5  ZAGUNIS  Mariel   USA
 6  VOUGIOUKA  Vassiliki   GRE
 7  SOCHA  Aleksandra   POL
 8  VARHELYI  Anna   HUN
 9  GAVRILOVA  Yuliya   RUS
 10  LEE  Rajin   KOR
 11  ZHU  Min   CHN
 12  BENITEZ  Alejandra   VEN
 13  OSTOJSKA  Matylda   POL
 14  YOON  Jisu   KOR
 15  BOULAY  Beline   FRA
 16  PUNDYK  Galyna   UKR
 17  WOZNIAK  Dagmara   USA
 18  MUHAMMAD  Ibtihaj   USA
 19  STONE  Anne-Elizabeth   USA
 20  MARTON  Anna   HUN
 21  PASCU  Bianca   ROU
 22  PLIEGO  Paola   MEX
 23  PEREZ MAURICE  Maria Belen   ARG
 24  NAVARRO  Araceli   ESP
 25  BERDER  Cecilia   FRA
 25  KEDZIORA  Katarzyna   POL
 27  BOUDIAF  Saoussen   FRA
 28  PUDA  Marta   POL
 29  EGORIAN  Yana   RUS
 30  GRENCH  Eileen   PAN
 31  QIAN  Jianmei   CHN
 32  MARCOS  Sandra   ESP
 33  GALIAKBAROVA  Dina   RUS
 34  BESBES  Azza   TUN
 35  KOMASHCHUK  Alina   UKR
 36  SASSINE  Sandra   CAN
 37  KLEMM  Sibylle   GER
 38  LEMBACH  Charlotte   FRA
 39  LIMBACH  Anna   GER
 40  VILA  Laia   ESP
 41  GONZALEZ GARATE  Ursula   MEX
 42  GREGORIO  Rossella   ITA
 42  KISIALIOVA  Volha   BLR
 44  KIM  Ara   KOR
 45  BENKO  Reka   HUN
 46  BUNYATOVA  Sevinj   AZE
 47  TOLEDO  Julieta   MEX
 48  ZHIVITSA  Yuliya   KAZ
 49  MIKINA  Sabina   AZE
 50  HO  Siu In Jenny   HKG
 51  STAGNI  Livia   ITA
 52  VORONINA  Olena   UKR
 53  BUJDOSO  Alexandra   GER
 54  BUNYATOVA  Sevil   AZE
 55  KUBISSA  Stefanie   GER
 56  BIANCO  Ilaria   ITA
 57  BULICA  Mihaela   ROU
 58  HIROSE  Erika   JPN
 59  LAM  Hin Wai   HKG
 59  ZHANG  Xueqian   CHN
 61  UGO  Elora   BRA
 62  ITOH  Mami   JPN
 63  PONICH  Marissa   CAN
 64  AHMAD  Hareem   FIE

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