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Spain Scores Upsets in Madrid

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The Villa de Madrid treated its hosts well with individual gold and an upset in team.

Spain took the idea of a home court advantage to heart as Fernando Casares won the individual title and Spain knocked off the top seed in the team event at the Villa de Madrid.

The Villa de Madrid Men’s Saber World Cup was something of a mixed bag this year. The event was lacking a few familiar faces as countries are trying out some of their younger athletes to determine who looks good for the Rio Olympic Cycle, plus some athletes took the event off due to injuries.

Noteworthy absences included Aldo Montano (ITA), Rares Dumitrescu (ROU), Alexei Yakimenko (RUS), and 2012’s Olympic Bronze Medalist Nikolay Kovalev (RUS).

Despite the absence of some of last season’s top athletes, the final 8 of the event was mostly the usual suspects. France’s Bolade Apithy and Max Hartung of Germany took 7th and 8th. Our own Daryl Homer took down his third consecutive 6th place finish (Following finishes in Plovdiv and London) and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Diego Occhiuzzi (ITA) took 5th. Nicolas Limbach (GER), and reigning Olympic Gold Medalist Aron Szilagyi (HUN) split bronze.

Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS), currently ranked 9th in the world, filled in for the absent Kovalev and Yakimenko admirably – bringing home the silver.

Madrid’s gold medalist – the real upset of the event – was won by Fernando Casares of Spain, stepping into the top-8 for the first time since a 5th place finish in 2009. After finishing the 2011/2012 season ranked 106th, Casares battled his way past Olympic silver and gold medalists Occhiuzzi and Szilagyi, before confronting Reshetnikov in the final and, ultimately, winning gold 15-9.

Watch the Gold Medal Bout here:

Quarter-Final Bouts:
Szilagyi (HUN) def. Apithy (FRA): 15-11
Casares (ESP) def. Occhiuzzi (ITA): 15-13
Reshetnikov (RUS) def. Homer (USA): 15-11
Limbach (GER) def. Hartung (GER): 15-14.

Semi-Finals:
Casares (ESP) def. Szilagyi (HUN): 15-14
Reshetnikov (RUS) def. Limbach (GER): 15-12

Gold:
Casares (ESP) dev. Reshetnikov (RUS): 15-9

Team Event

In the team event, Spain continued to get a home town bounce as they knocked out top seeded Russia 45-41 in the opening round of the team event. This paved the way for 9th seed Hungary, who seized on the opening by taking down Spain 45-29 and then went on to defeat Germany (45-33) and China (45-31) to win the team gold.

The United States came in as 7th seed and won their first round match vs. Canada 45-28. The US then lost to #2 Romania 45-42. In the placement rounds, the US defeated Ukraine 45-40 and then ended at 6th place when Italy won out 45-37.

Final Standings: Madrid Team World Cup

RankPointsCountry
164HUNGARY
252CHINA
340ROMANIA
436GERMANY
532ITALY
630USA
728SPAIN
826UKRAINE
925FRANCE
1024CANADA
1123BELARUS
1222POLAND
1321GREAT BRITAIN
1420HONG KONG
1519JAPAN
1618RUSSIA
178IRAN
188SINGAPORE
198AUSTRIA

Final Standings: Villa de Madrid Individual Men’s Sabre

 Rank Last First Country
 1 CASARES Fernando ESP
 2 RESHETNIKOV Veniamin RUS
 3 LIMBACH Nicolas GER
 3 SZILAGYI Aron HUN
 5 OCCHIUZZI Diego ITA
 6  HOMER  Daryl   USA 
 7 APITHY Bolade FRA
 8 HARTUNG Max GER
 9 SAMELE Luigi ITA
 10 PILLET Julien FRA
 11 ZHONG Man CHN
 12 BUIKEVICH Aliaksandr BLR
 13 JIANG Ke Lu CHN
 14 HUEBNER Bjoern GER
 15 LIKHACHEUSKI Aliaksei BLR
 16 VAN HOLSBEKE Seppe BEL
 17 DOLNICEANU Tiberiu ROU
 18 YAGODKA Andriy UKR
 19 POLOSSIFAKIS Joseph CAN
 20 MIRACCO Luigi ITA
 21 BOYKO Dmytro UKR
 22 ANSTETT Vincent FRA
 23 SCEPI Stefano ITA
 24 IBRAGIMOV Kamil RUS
 25 SZABO Matyas GER
 26 DENG Xiaohao CHN
 27 BERRE’ Enrico ITA
 28 PRYIEMKA Valery BLR
 29 BADEA Alin ROU
 30 SPEAR Jeff USA
 31 KLEBES Johannes GER
 32 GALL Csaba Norbert HUN
 33 WAGNER Benedikt GER
 34 MOREHOUSE Timothy USA
 35 SUN Wei CHN
 36 ROUSSET Nicolas FRA
 37 ZANIN Artem RUS
 38 SCHROEDTER Robin GER
 39 HUEBERS Richard GER
 40 BEAUDRY Philippe CAN
 41 GEMESI Csanad HUN
 42 SHACHANIN Siarhei BLR
 43 MUROLO Massimiliano ITA
 44 REGENT Francois FRA
 45 HONEYBONE James GBR
 46 CURATOLI Luca ITA
 47 BALOK Maksim RUS
 48 ILIASZ Nikolasz HUN
 49 GARCIA MIGUEL Marco ESP
 50 SHTURBABIN Oleh UKR
 51 GORDON Shaul CAN
 52 NUCCIO Riccardo ITA
 53 RUELLER Lukas GER
 54 LAM Hin Chung HKG
 55 GEMESI Bence HUN
 56 LIU Xiao CHN
 57 CRUTCHETT Alexander GBR
 58 GANS Emmanuel FRA
 59 IGOE Benjamin USA
 60 MEDARD Julien FRA
 61 MORENO Pablo ESP
 62 TEODOSIU Iulian ROU
 63 MIRAMON CHOY Romain FRA
 64 FOTOUHI Mohammad IRI
 65 CHEN Taotao CHN
 66 FOSCHINI Gabriele ITA
 66 SKRODZKI Adam POL
 68 CIARI Marco ITA
 69 SCHROEDTER Sebastian GER
 70 OCHOCKI Aleksander USA
 71 KONIUSZ Marcin POL
 72 LAMBOLEY Benoit FRA
 73 PROSKURA Nikita RUS
 74 WU Jie CHN
 75 COUTURIER Vincent CAN
 76 BOMKO Ivan UKR
 76 GALATANU Ciprian ROU
 78 NIKOLIC Nikolai AUT
 79 PEREDA Fernando ESP
 80 PUNDYK Dmytro UKR
 81 DECSI Tamas HUN
 82 KOSMAN Michal POL
 83 TANAKA Shun JPN
 84 AKULA Mikhail BLR
 85 SOUDERS Peter USA
 86 SCHWARZ Gilbert AUT
 87 PAKDAMAN Ali IRI
 88 ABEDINI Mojtaba IRI
 88 PELLEGRINI Alberto ITA
 90 TORCHUK Oleksandr UKR
 91 TERESHKIN Ivan RUS
 92 LAURENCE Tristan FRA
 93 WILLAU Mathias AUT
 94 PIGNOTTI Luca ITA
 95 ESCUDERO Sergio ESP
 96 LOW Ho Tin HKG
 97 BOTEZATU Maxim RUS
 98 MIYAYAMA Ryo JPN
 99 OLEJNIK Daniel POL
 100 CASANOVA Lucas ESP
 101 ABRAMOVICH Aliaksandr BLR
 102 KINDLER Maximilian GER
 103 VELIKIY Trofim RUS
 104 CLARKE Michael GBR
 105 BARRUYER Philemon FRA
 105 GANS Baptiste FRA
 107 BOBRAN Cristian ESP
 108 LOPEZ MENDEZ Alvaro ESP
 109 GALLI Lukas AUT
 110 KARABINSKI Artsiom BLR
 111 ROMANOVITCH Alexei BLR
 112 LEU Clive Yi Yang SIN
 113 MANCHENO Guillermo ESP
 114 SAVICH Boris RUS
 115 GONZALEZ QUINTANA Jaime ESP
 115 SERRAHIMA Pepe ESP
 117 GANN Henry GBR
 118 LU Yi CHN
 119 WACHSBERGER Petr CZE
 120 MAEDA Shugo JPN
 121 ADEL Aly EGY
 121 TAHERKHANI Hamidreza IRI
 123 DE LA FUENTE Diego ESP
 124 YAN Hon Pan HKG
 125 ESCUDERO Jorge ESP
 126 YOSHIDA Kento JPN
 127 PILASZEWICZ Piotr CAN
 128 VAZQUEZ Miguel ESP
 129 EMOND Olivier CAN
 130 WINIGER Lothar SUI
 131 CALVINO Diego ESP
 132 MULERO Guido Eduardo ARG
 132 WARD Fraser GBR
 134 PEROS Mark CAN
 135 AMR Ahmed EGY
 136 VELASCO Javier ESP
 137 DOLEZAL Jan CZE
 138 RUIZ Tarik CHI
 139 SARRIS Evangelos GRE
 140 CRUTCHETT Anthony GBR
 141 CHANG Chi Hin Cyrus HKG
 142 BREYNE Servaas BEL
 142 RONDON Mayerwing VEN
 144 PEREZ GARROTE Raul ESP
 145 MIRANDA Ignacio Jose ARG
 146 HOSCHNA Jan CZE
 147 MARTIN MARTIN Hernan ESP
 148 YEO Joseph Zhi Qiang SIN
 149 CHAN David Wei Ren SIN
 150 MORIYA Kazunori JPN
 151 RUIZ Adrian ESP
 151 VASQUEZ Israel CHI
 153 RATON Sergio ESP
 154 DEL VALLE Daniel ESP
 154 CHOY Yu Yong SIN
 156 CARRETERO Javier ESP
 156 ANDREU Marc ESP
 158 TSENG Lin Fang SIN
 159 MARTINEZ EGUIA Pablo ESP
 159 LUENGO Fernando ESP
 161 LOPEZ VELLON Ignacio ESP
 162 GRANDON FICA Miguel Angel CHI

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