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Cassara wins an All-Italy Men’s Foil Final

Cassara (left) fencing Aspromonte for the world championship

Andrea Cassara (ITA) solidified his position as the world’s #1 foilist with his dramatic 15-14 comeback win over Valereo Aspromonte (ITA).  This event may have been called the Italian invitational as 3 of the final-4 were from Italy.

Aspromonte started the bout off strong, baiting Cassara’s attack and scoring on counters and ripostes to open up an 11-6 lead.  With 30 seconds to go in the 1st period, Cassara was able to change up tactics to bring the score within 2 and ended the first period at 11-13.

Andrea Cassara - victorious

In the second period, Cassara scored two straight touches to tie the score at 13.  Then Apromonte went ahead 14-13.  Cassara tied the match at 14 on a counter-time action and then scored the final point on a counter-riposte.

The semi-finals featured another Italian match as Aspromonte defeated a cagey Giorgio Avola (ITA) 14-13.  The match went slowly at first as both fencers fought for control of the distance.  The second period ended with the score knotted 7-all. In the 3rd, Aspromonte pulled ahead 13-11 with only 4 seconds left.  Avola rushed in and got hit with a riposte to put him down 11-14, then rushed at Aspromonte two more times to bring the score to 14-13.  Avola’s last attack would not make it in time, however, as time expired and sent Aspromonte to the finals.

Cassara provided a much less dramatic second semi-final, destroying Victor Sintes (FRA).  Cassara hit Sintes at will and opened up an 8-0 lead, closing the first period up 10-4.  Towards the end of the first period and into the second period Sintes finally attempted to change tactics, but it was all too little too late and Cassara scored 5 straight touches to end the bout 15-5.

Race Imboden turned in the best performance for the United States with an 8th place finish.  In the round of 16, he provided the match of the tournament in knocking off 4 time world champion Peter Joppich (GER).  Imboden would fall to Sintes 15-11 in their quarter-final match.

Final Results: Men’s Foil World Championship

Rank Name Nationality
1 CASSARA Andrea ITA
2 ASPROMONTE Valerio ITA
3 AVOLA Giorgio ITA
3 SINTES Victor FRA
5EL SAYED ABOUELKASSEM Alaaeldin MohamedEGY
6CHEREMISINOV AlexeyRUS
7CHOI Byung ChulKOR
8 IMBODEN Race USA
9LEI ShengCHN
10JOPPICH PeterGER
11OTA YukiJPN
12LE PECHOUX ErwanFRA
13 MEINHARDT Gerek USA
14SCHLOSSER RolandAUT
15CHIDA KentaJPN
16BACHMANN SebastianGER
17BALDINI AndreaITA
18KWON Young HoKOR
19HINTERSEER TobiasAUT
20DARABAN RaduROU
21RIGINE DmitriRUS
22HERTSYK RostyslavUKR
23 MASSIALAS Alexander USA
24WESSELS AndreGER
25ZHANG LiangliangCHN
26KLEIBRINK BenjaminGER
27KENBER JamieGBR
28KONTOCHRISTOPOULOS NikolaosGRE
29LALONDE TURBIDE EtienneCAN
30ZHU JunCHN
31KAWIECKI PawelPOL
32RAJSKI LeszekPOL
33 CHAMLEY-WATSON Miles USA
34HALSTED LaurenceGBR
35KRUSE RichardGBR
36GANEEV RenalRUS
37MARCILLOUX MarcelFRA
38GLONEK RadoslawPOL
39KIIL FilipDEN
40JEONG Chang YoungKOR
41CHOI Nicholas EdwardHKG
42MIYAKE RyoJPN
43OR TomerISR
44PRANZ ReneAUT
45ZAWADA MarcinPOL
46SANTOS GaelPOR
47JOVANOVIC BojanCRO
48SEDOV ArtemRUS
49HEO JunKOR
50HUANG LiangcaiCHN
51YUNES KlodUKR
52AWAJI SuguruJPN
53HATOEL MaorISR
54BYK SiarheiBLR
55GUYART BriceFRA
55SZABADOS KristofHUN
57CHOUPENITCH AlexanderCZE
58GOMEZ DanielMEX
59BORST SebastiaanNED
60CHU Wing HongHKG
61TEISSEIRE NicolasCAN
62SMANDI MohamedTUN
63KAMOUN KarimTUN
64KOLTYGO VolodymyrUKR

 

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