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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