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Miles Chamley-Watson wins Gold at Fencing World Championships

Miles Chamley-Watson (USA)
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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