Fencing.Net https://www.fencing.net News and Guides for the Sport of Fencing Sun, 21 Jun 2020 00:50:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://www.fencing.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-fencing-net-logo-32x32.jpg Fencing.Net https://www.fencing.net 32 32 Installing a Home Fencing Piste https://www.fencing.net/17617/installing-a-home-fencing-piste/ Mon, 01 Jun 2020 00:16:47 +0000 https://www.fencing.net/?p=17617 After archiving and sun-setting our forums last year, we at Fencing.net have been combing through the archives to try and preserve and convert any of the old threads used as sources of information. One popular topic was “Installing a Home Fencing Piste” – a topic perhaps made more popular lately due to the COVID-19 situation […]

Installing a Home Fencing Piste

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After archiving and sun-setting our forums last year, we at Fencing.net have been combing through the archives to try and preserve and convert any of the old threads used as sources of information. One popular topic was “Installing a Home Fencing Piste” – a topic perhaps made more popular lately due to the COVID-19 situation keeping people at home a bit more often than normal. A lot was said on the topic, below is a high level summary on the findings and opinions turned up in that thread.

Space Requirements

First and foremost, if you want to install a piste or strip for at-home practice, your main limitation is going to be available space. If you are one of the rare people that happen to have an open, flat, continuous space that is roughly 18 meters by 4 meters – then you probably have enough space for an actual fencing strip. And if you have that much extra open space at home, you might also be able to afford one! For those keen-eyed, yes that is more space than a regulation strip requires; and this is because you need space for runoff, lateral space so that your blades don’t slam into the wall, and space for the strip itself to move a bit. We’d also recommend taller-than-normal ceilings to prevent poking holes or slamming a weapon against the ceiling.

Grounded Strips

If you happen to have this much space, you could buy a complete, pre-made strip and install it. There are some roll-out conductive fabric strips that are easy to roll back up and store when not in use. There are also some interlocking aluminum strips that are still portable, but less convenient, that can be broken apart for storage. If you go with the aluminum strips and have a floor you care about, we’d definitely suggest rolling out some carpet or other padding to place the strip on top of.

If you’re very dedicated, you can build a more permanent strip installation. Check out our article on building a DIY grounded fencing strip here.

Non-Grounded Strips

This option is much easier. On the very easiest end, all you really need is for the space to be clear and marked. You can achieve this by painter’s tape or something similar. Just lay down some tape in the shape of a strip, and viola! A usable fencing strip.

If you’d like to take it to the next level, we’d suggest investigating these faux wood padded mats. Assembling a 24×2 (48 squares total) version of this mat would give you a full length strip with a somewhat realistic top and padding to protect your knees/feet. You can also enhance this by buying a few more squares and lining the strip with a different color or material. That’ll give the strip clear boundaries and make it harder to slide around – if you have the space of course!

There are also interlocking sports tiles that could provide you with an even better experience, but these start to get very expensive. You’ve probably seen tiles like this in a rec center basketball court. If you’re interested in this as an option, there are a number of vendors out there that could provide you with good quotes, and some of them even sell used tiles at a discount.

Short Length Strips

Short length strips, AKA “shorty strips” are also an option if you don’t have a full 14+ continuous amount of space. Any of the options above would work for a shorty strip, just understand that if you do have a severely shortened strip, you might not want to do anything more than basic training on it, as strip positional awareness is an important skill to have, and it is made difficult if you train on strips of various sizes.

And as always, if you’re unsure, its always a good idea to ask your fencing coach for their opinion!

Installing a Home Fencing Piste

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“Home Made” DIY Grounded Strips https://www.fencing.net/17618/home-made-diy-grounded-strips/ Sun, 31 May 2020 23:38:06 +0000 https://www.fencing.net/?p=17618 After archiving and sun-setting our forums last year, we at Fencing.net have been combing through the archives to try and preserve and convert any of the old threads used as sources of information. One popular topic was “Home Made Grounded Strips” (strips are also known as “Pistes“) – a topic popular with clubs but also […]

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After archiving and sun-setting our forums last year, we at Fencing.net have been combing through the archives to try and preserve and convert any of the old threads used as sources of information. One popular topic was “Home Made Grounded Strips” (strips are also known as “Pistes“) – a topic popular with clubs but also a bit with the home fencer. A lot was said on the topic, below is a high level summary on the findings and opinions turned up in that thread.

User tlucente posted the instructions that they used, which included some help from the user mergs. These instructions, which were originally posted in 2005, are reproduced below exactly.


The materials used were:

(1) roll, 304 SS Mesh, 5’X100.5′
(2) 1/8X1.25″ steel bars
(2) 1/8X2.0″ steel bars
(6) tubes JB Weld (6 steel, 6 activator)
Approx 40 #8×2″ (or #10?) wood screws
(5) S hooks
(1) steel circle
Staples
50′ coil of rope
Heavy duty wire ties
My car jack
some wood and nails

The process:

The SS mesh roll we received was 100.5′, and to overlap the 2×4 sleepers in our floating floor, we cut 2 lengths 50’2″. On the first strip, we used the 1/8×1.25″ steel bars (2″ on second strip), and JB welded one bar to each end of the length of mesh using 1tube steel/activator for each bar. These bars would be used to secure the strip ends to the floor. (see photo)

After letting the JB Weld cure overnight, we drilled holes for the anchor screws, about 10 on each end, in each bar. One end of each strip was also drilled with extra holes, closer to the edge, to connect our tensioning system. The “static” end was then secured to the floor with 2″ wood screws after aligning with the existing strip lines.

I came up with this “wacky” S hook and metal ring tensioning system (see photo) using my car jack and some rope, hoping that the fact that the rope could “slip” along the ring would help even out the tension on each S hook pull point. It actually worked really well, wasn’t that dangerous, and was able to tension the strip ALOT pulling against the edge of our raised floor. There is virtually no movement along the strip length.

With the strip still under tension, the other metal bar is screwed to the floor, and the edges of the strip were stapled, about every 2″, while “combing” the width of the strip down with a 2’X4′ piece of 3/4 particle board. It’s very difficult to pull the strip along its width, and this was the best I could come up with. It seemed to work OK, and the strip lies very flat. Only after all stapling was the tension removed.

Things that were different than anticipated, or were changed:

-The mesh is much stiffer than I thought it would be, which was actually good.
-Used a wider bar on the 2nd strip, as the 1.25″ bar flexed under the tensioning, with correspondingly more JB weld
-The roll of mesh came with 1 defect, a hole about dime size near the 2nd strip center line edge, which had to be patched. We cut a patch out of extra material, and stapled it to the floor before placing the strip on top. A patch on top would have been uneven, and this seemed a good solution, since we don’t have the ability to weld stainless steel.
-One strip has been down about a month, without and complaints or damage. The other only a week.
-You can see the existing strip lines through the mesh

Total cost was about $925-950 for 2 complete grounded strips. $725 for the mesh, the rest for the above mentioned bars, screws, etc.

“Home Made” DIY Grounded Strips

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Misc: 7 Letter Words That Use All 5 Vowels https://www.fencing.net/17613/misc-7-letter-words-that-use-all-5-vowels/ Fri, 29 May 2020 06:36:08 +0000 https://www.fencing.net/?p=17613 After archiving and sun-setting our forums last year, we at Fencing.net have been combing through the archives to try and preserve and convert any of the old threads used as sources of information. One strangely popular topic in the forums was “7 letter words that use all 5 vowels” – a general thread where someone […]

Misc: 7 Letter Words That Use All 5 Vowels

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After archiving and sun-setting our forums last year, we at Fencing.net have been combing through the archives to try and preserve and convert any of the old threads used as sources of information. One strangely popular topic in the forums was “7 letter words that use all 5 vowels” – a general thread where someone asked for help on their crossword puzzle! Not quite in our wheelhouse, but in order to preserve the content, below is a summary of words that came up, including their definitions! We did prune out a few words that we were unable to define for ourselves.

  • Abstemious – not self-indulgent, especially when eating and drinking.
  • Abstentious – not self-indulgent, especially when eating and drinking.
  • Acheilous – lipless
  • Acleistous – not closed
  • Acheirous – of or pertaining to acheiria (lacking one or both hands)
  • Aerious – of or like air; airy
  • Affectious – affectionate
  • Anemious – growing in exposed windy places
  • Annelidous – of or pertaining to annelids
  • Arsenious – of or pertaning to arsenic
  • Arteriosus – a blood vessel in the developing fetus connecting the trunk of the pulmonary artery to the proximal descending aorta.
  • Caesious – having a blue color very low in chroma
  • Eulogia – another term for eulogy
  • Facetious – treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.
  • Fracedinous – producing heat through putrefaction.
  • Majestious – impressive in a dignified or inspiring manner; stately; grand.
  • Miaoued – to make the sound of a cat. to make a spiteful or catty remark.
  • Parecious – decorum. the act of or need for making up one’s mind. dignified propriety of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
  • Sequoia – either of two huge coniferous California trees of the bald cypress family that may reach a height of over 300 feet (90 meters)

Misc: 7 Letter Words That Use All 5 Vowels

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Fencing Puns! https://www.fencing.net/17612/fencing-puns/ Fri, 29 May 2020 06:07:24 +0000 https://www.fencing.net/?p=17612 After archiving and sun-setting our forums last year, we at Fencing.net have been combing through the archives to try and preserve and convert any of the old threads used as sources of information. One recurring topic that resulted in a number of popular threads was about fencing puns! Below is a curated collection from our […]

Fencing Puns!

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After archiving and sun-setting our forums last year, we at Fencing.net have been combing through the archives to try and preserve and convert any of the old threads used as sources of information. One recurring topic that resulted in a number of popular threads was about fencing puns! Below is a curated collection from our archives all in one spot:

  • Oh reely?
  • What’s the point?
  • Don’t get so touchy about it.
  • To put a fine point on it.
  • Foiled again!
  • Perhaps we should fleche these puns out a bit.
  • Jokes like these should be e-scrime
  • Pretty lame
  • Don’t let your guard down
  • Piste off
  • There will be hell to epee
  • Not your forte
  • We all have our foilbles
  • Sometimes all we need to do is put our guard down and we will be deeply touched.

If you have any other good ones, leave a comment below and we’ll keep adding to this list over time!

Fencing Puns!

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USA Men’s Foil team go 1-2-3 in Italy https://www.fencing.net/17608/usa-mens-foil-team-go-1-2-3-in-italy/ Fri, 14 Feb 2020 06:17:00 +0000 https://www.fencing.net/?p=17608 Massialas, Meinhardt, Imboden, Wallerand - c/o FIE.org/Augusto BizziGerek Meinhardt, Alexander Massialas and Race Imboden have created U.S. foil fencing history by winning all three medals at the Foil Fencing Grand Prix that took place in Turin, Italy from February 7-9. Lee Kiefer also took silver in the women’s competition to confirm her place in Tokyo and ensure a remarkable weekend for the […]

USA Men’s Foil team go 1-2-3 in Italy

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Gerek Meinhardt, Alexander Massialas and Race Imboden have created U.S. foil fencing history by winning all three medals at the Foil Fencing Grand Prix that took place in Turin, Italy from February 7-9. Lee Kiefer also took silver in the women’s competition to confirm her place in Tokyo and ensure a remarkable weekend for the U.S.A foil team.

Meinhardt’s win is only the second FIE victory of his career (the last came just over six years ago) and will be remembered for the fact that he achieved it as part of all- USA podium.

Coming up against teammates in both the final and semifinal, Meinhardt’s experience proved too good for them both, beating Imboden (15-11) in the semi and then training partner and friend Massialas in the decider (15-8).

After finishing with bronze at the same event last year, Meinhardt’s improved form puts him in good position to qualify individually for his fourth Olympics. His world ranking is now up to number 4, placing him behind only Foconi (ITA), Lefort (FRA) and Garozzo (ITA), the last two world and Olympic champion’s respectively.

In the women’s tableau, Lee Kiefer did her best to make it make it a husband and wife affair (she and Meinhardt were married last year) but couldn’t quite make it golden after she succumbed to France’s Ysaora Thibus — who is Race Imboden’s partner — by the narrowest of margins, 14-15, in their final.

Having come back from 8-2 in her semifinal against 2018 world champion Alice Volpi (ITA) to win 15-14, Kiefer couldn’t repeat the dose in the final, going down by the same margin to Thibus, for whom it was a first Grand Prix win.

The result qualified Kiefer for her third individual Olympics, after her third FIE medal of the season established a sizeable lead in the national rankings. Both the men and women have one more world cup remaining during the current qualification period before Tokyo.

RESULTS
Women’s

  1. Ysaora Thibus (FRA) – Gold
  2. Lee Kiefer (USA) – Silver
  3. Inna Deriglazova (RUS) – Bronze
  4. Alice Volpi (ITA) – Bronze
  5. Elisa Di Francesca (ITA)
  6. Arianna Errigo (ITA)
  7. Anastasiia Ivanova (RUS)
  8. Yuka Ueno (USA)

Men’s

  1. Gerek Meinhardt (USA) – Gold
  2. Alexander Massialas (USA) – Silver
  3. Race Imboden (USA) – Bronze
  4. Roger Wallerand (FRA) – Bronze
  5. Alessio Foconi (ITA)
  6. Erwann Le Pechoux (FRA)
  7. Kwanghyun Lee – (KOR)
  8. Kiril Borodachev (RUS)

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Anstett, Korea win sabre gold at Cairo World Cup https://www.fencing.net/17597/anstett-korea-win-sabre-gold-at-cairo-world-cup/ Mon, 25 Nov 2019 07:37:38 +0000 https://www.fencing.net/?p=17597 South Korea Men's Saber TeamThe FIE’s World Cup fencing season continued its first round of events in Cairo, Egypt last weekend, November 15-17, with French veteran Vincent Anstett winning a surprise individual gold and the top-ranked Korean team looking strong in what is now the lead up to Tokyo 2020. With Olympic qualification very much on the minds of […]

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The FIE’s World Cup fencing season continued its first round of events in Cairo, Egypt last weekend, November 15-17, with French veteran Vincent Anstett winning a surprise individual gold and the top-ranked Korean team looking strong in what is now the lead up to Tokyo 2020.

With Olympic qualification very much on the minds of the 194 registered competitors from 26 different countries, 37-year-old Vincent Anstett’s third career world cup win was a surprise result inside Cairo Stadium’s Indoor Sports Hall complex on Saturday night. 

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Taking advantage of a draw that opened up after the world number one and two were eliminated early — Eli Dershwitz (USA) and Sanguk Oh (KOR) were ousted in the tables of 64 and 32, respectively — Anstett still had to beat quality opposition to claim his first victory in just over three years.

After qualifying from pools with a near perfect TR of 23, he then beat USA’s Rio Olympic silver medalist Daryl Homer, 15-12 in the table of 32, as well as teammate and world number 8, Bolade Apithy, 15-12 in their quarterfinal. 

The Frenchman then came up against Korea’s 2018 world champion, Junghwan Kim, in the semifinal and won by the narrowest of margins, 15-14, to set up a rare gold medal match with Italy’s Luigi Samele.  

Exempt from pools, on his side of the draw 32-year-old Samele had to defeat two teammates of his own to reach his fifth career final; world number four Luca Curatoli (15-9) in the table of 16, and then Gabriele Foschini (15-11) at the quarterfinal stage.

However, once he’d reached the medal rounds, the Italian still had to beat two-time African champion Fares Ferjani from Tunisia for a chance at gold, which he did, 15-8, but was then unlucky to come up against the in-form Anstett; the Frenchman using all of his experience to eventually triumph 15-14 and win the third world cup gold medal of his career.

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In the team competition on Sunday, Korea set down an early mark for others to follow this season by beating China (45-34), Russia (45-39) and then Hungary (45-41) in succession to claim a convincing gold. 

It might not have happened at all, however, had they not narrowly avoided what would have been a shock defeat at the hands of Great Britain in the table of 16. 

Looking comfortable at 35-28 after Bongil Gu had gone 5-1 in the 7th bout against Jonathon Webb, Webb’s teammate, 82nd ranked James Honeybone, then went 12-3 against Junghwan Kim, putting Great Britain ahead 40-38 with only the ninth and final bout remaining.

Luckily, world number one Sanguk Oh was able to spare his teammates blushes, going 7-4 against William Deary to claim a last touch victory and onward passage.  

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In the final against Hungary, Gu and Oh got the Koreans off to a strong start, putting them 10-4 up after two bouts, a lead which despite a late surge by Gemesi and Szatmari, they were able to hold on to and win 45-41. 

In the playoff for third, Italy took control at 15-10 in the third bout through Aldo Montano, and from there they were never threatened by Russia, finishing comfortable bronze medal winners, 45-31.  

FULL RESULTS

Individual 

  1. Vincent Anstett (FRA) Gold
  2. Luigi Samele (ITA) Silver
  3. Fares Ferjani (TUN) Bronze
  4. Junghwan Kim (KOR) Bronze
  5. Bolande Apithy (FRA)
  6. Mohamed Amer (EGY)
  7. Gabriele Foschini (ITA)
  8. Riccardo Nuccio (ITA)

Teams

  1. KOREA – Gold
  2. Hungary – Silver
  3. Italy – Bronze
  4. Russia
  5. Germany
  6. Iran
  7. China
  8. France

For full results of the Cairo Men’s Sabre World Cup, visit Fencing Time Live here.

Anstett, Korea win sabre gold at Cairo World Cup

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Mertine, USA win World Cup gold in Germany https://www.fencing.net/17586/mertine-usa-win-world-cup-gold-in-germany/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 01:56:59 +0000 https://www.fencing.net/?p=17586 Korea vs USA; Bonn Men's Foil Finals; c/o FIE.org, Augusto BizziThe first men’s foil World Cup event of the season in Bonn, Germany has produced a second career World Cup win for France’s Julien Mertine and a superb team performance by USA, who affirmed their favoritism ahead of Tokyo 2020. The USA men’s foil team of Race Imboden, Alexander Massialas, Nick Itkin and Gerek Meinhardt […]

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The first men’s foil World Cup event of the season in Bonn, Germany has produced a second career World Cup win for France’s Julien Mertine and a superb team performance by USA, who affirmed their favoritism ahead of Tokyo 2020.

The USA men’s foil team of Race Imboden, Alexander Massialas, Nick Itkin and Gerek Meinhardt has cemented its position at the top of the FIE world rankings this weekend, defeating Korea 45-31 in the final to win Gold at the first World Cup event of the season in Bonn.

With 20-year-old Itkin replacing Miles Chamley-Watson in the line-up, Meinhardt, who won silver in the individual competition, was used as the reserve. Never headed after Imboden took a 5-4 lead in the first bout, it was Itkin who extended the lead to 15-7 against Jun Heo, and then to 35-26 over Young Ki Son, to all but ensure Imboben and then Massialas could close out the win.

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Earlier they had defeated Russia 45-42 in their semifinal match-up, Itkin playing a key role in bringing USA level at 33-33, before his teammates were able to ensure passage to the Gold medal match with Korea.

In their upset over Italy in the other semi, 45-37, it was Korea’s Kwanghyun Lee who was vital, achieving a TR of +10 over the highly-rated combination of Giorgio Avola, Alessio Foconi and Daniele Garozzo.

The team win puts USA in the box seat for Olympic qualification, and increases their lead on the FIE’s ranking table over France, Hong Kong and Italy, who sit fourth.

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In the individual competition the day before, France’s Julien Mertine, whose world ranking has fluctuated well outside the world’s top 50, was the beneficiary of a bottom-half of the draw that opened up after the shock exit of world number two Race Imboden at the table of 64. He lost to world number 38 Daniel Dosa from Hungary (15-10), in what has to be an early candidate for upset of the season.

Mertine then defeated Imboden’s teammate Massialas (15-11) before taking care of his own highly accomplished countryman, Erwann Le Pechoux, 15-10 in the table of 16. This advanced him to the quarterfinal against Germany’s Benjamin Kleinbrink, which he won easily, 15-3. In his semifinal Mertine defeated celebrated Italian opponent Andrea Cassara, 15-10.

Meanwhile, Meinhardt had to defeat both of Italy’s most recently decorated fencers, current Olympic champion Daniele Garozzo, 15-9, in the quarterfinal, followed by 2018 World Champion and current number one, Alessio Foconi, 15-12, to reach the gold medal match.

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He dropped that, 15-9 to the Frenchman, but the Silver was only his second in individual competition, following up the one he won in Paris at the beginning of the year, when he lost to Foconi in the final, 12-15. On that day, Imboden had stood on the dais with him, along with another Italian, Giorgio Avola.

RESULTS

Individual

  1. Julien Mertine (FRA) – Gold
  2. Gerek Meinhardt (USA) – Silver
  3. Andrea Cassara (ITA) – Bronze
  4. Alessio Foconi (ITA) – Bronze
  5. Daniele Garozzo (ITA)
  6. Kyosuke Matsuyama (JAP)
  7. Benjamin Kleibrink (GER)
  8. Carlos Llavador (SPA)

Team

  1. USA – Gold
  2. Korea – Silver
  3. Russia – Bronze
  4. Italy
  5. France
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Japan
  8. Germany

Mertine, USA win World Cup gold in Germany

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Popescu, Poland win first World Cup of the season in Estonia https://www.fencing.net/17575/popescu-poland-win-first-world-cup-of-the-season-in-estonia/ Sat, 09 Nov 2019 01:10:42 +0000 https://www.fencing.net/?p=17575 Women's Epee Individual Medalists - c/o FIE.org/Augusto BizziRomania’s Anna Marie Popescu has won her tenth World Cup gold at the 50th edition of the Glaive De Tallin in the Estonian capital, while Poland have beaten Russia to win team gold. 279 female epee fencers from around the world have competed at the 50th edition of the ‘Glaive de Tallin’ over the weekend […]

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Romania’s Anna Marie Popescu has won her tenth World Cup gold at the 50th edition of the Glaive De Tallin in the Estonian capital, while Poland have beaten Russia to win team gold.

279 female epee fencers from around the world have competed at the 50th edition of the ‘Glaive de Tallin’ over the weekend of November 1-3 at the Kalev Sports Hall in Tallin, Estonia.

Romanian veteran Anna Marie Popescu, a silver medalist at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and still the world number three-ranked female epeeist, proved that she has still has the ambition to win, defeating Russia’s Violetta Kolobova 15-13 in their final.

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The victory was her first World Cup Gold since Nanjing, China in 2015, although she has also won two Grand Prix in the interim, (Budapest 2019 and Doha 2017) not to mention the 2016 Olympic team gold she won in Rio.

Check out this video about the Romanian champion from the FIE’s Fencing Channel:

After looking comfortable through the table of 16 and then her quarterfinal match in Tallin, Popescu’s semifinal against China’s Yiwen Sun was a much closer affair, though she eventually prevailed 15-14 to meet Kolobova in the final.

The Russian had to beat Hong Kong’s world number one Man Wai Vivian Kong in their quarterfinal (15-10) before easily accounting for another Chinese opposition, Mingye Zhu, in their semi, 15-8, to set up the gold medal match with Popescu.

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In the team event, Poland were well deserving of their win, overcoming first Italy in their quarterfinal, 41-31, then China in the semi, 39-28, before a dramatic single-touch win over Russia, 45-44.

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Tied at 29-29 after six bouts before Renata Knapik-Miazga and then Aleksandra Zamachowska took Poland out to a 40-36 lead after eight, Russia’s silver medalist Violetta Kolobova did her best to bring it back to 44-44, but it was Poland’s Ewa Trzebinska who secured the final touch for Gold.

Check out the full replay of the team final here:

Defeated by Russia in the semifinal, team USA (lead by Kat Holmes and the Hurley sisters, Courtney and Kelley) defeated China 45-35 in the third place playoff to claim Bronze.

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RESULTS – Women’s Epee

Individual

  1. Ana Maria Popescu (ROU, gold)
  2. Violetta Kolobova (RUS, silver)
  3. Yiwen Sun (CHN, bronze)
  4. Mingye Zhu (CHN, bronze)
  5. Man Wai Vivian Kong (HKG)
  6. Leonora Mackinnon (CAN)
  7. Josephine Jacques Andre Coquin (FRA)
  8. Nicol Foietta (ITA)

Team

  1. Poland
  2. Russia
  3. USA
  4. China
  5. Estonia
  6. Italy
  7. Germany
  8. Ukraine

A full list of results is available at Fencing Time Live here

Popescu, Poland win first World Cup of the season in Estonia

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FIE 2019/20 Season Preview: Women’s Epee https://www.fencing.net/17561/fie-2019-2020-season-preview-womens-epee/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 17:38:11 +0000 https://www.fencing.net/?p=17561 Before the start of an Olympic season of international fencing, check out the athletes who are on top of the world, who are defending from Rio, or who might pull a surprise by the time it all reaches Tokyo. This weekend’s women’s Epee World Cup event in Tallin, Estonia marked the beginning of the 2019/20 […]

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Before the start of an Olympic season of international fencing, check out the athletes who are on top of the world, who are defending from Rio, or who might pull a surprise by the time it all reaches Tokyo.

This weekend’s women’s Epee World Cup event in Tallin, Estonia marked the beginning of the 2019/20 FIE season of international fencing. 

In total, 48 senior World Cup and Grand Prix gold medals will be contested between now and the final event of the season, the Moscow Grand Prix at the end of May next year. 

Not long after that, a lifetime of preparation and hard work will culminate at the Olympic Games in Tokyo for 200 of the world’s best fencers, with competition beginning on Saturday the 25th of July, 2020. 

For the first time, individual and team competition will be held in all three disciplines for both men and women, making it the biggest Olympic fencing program ever. Qualification points are up for grabs throughout the FIE season, which is sure to make it one of the most exciting in years. 

To get you hyped, we’ve put together this brief preview of the women’s epee season, and the athlete profiles that follow. These are only a few of the fencers we expect to feature as the season unfolds. Enjoy!

Women’s Epee

Unlike some of the other disciplines, where traditional fencing superpowers like Italy, Hungary, France or Russia might still dominate, the women’s epee has been known to produce the odd surprise over the years. 

While the above-mentioned countries still make their presence felt — the current Olympic champion, Emese Szasz-Kovacs is Hungarian — China, Korea, Germany and Estonia have all produced memorable wins in recent years. In 2018, the USA were World Champions in the team event for the first time ever.

Last year’s international season was no different in that 22 different women stood on the dais over the course of 8 World Cup and Grand Prix events. Of those, only one was a multiple winner; Man Wai Vivian Kong from Hong Kong,and only seven, including the U.S.A’s Courtney Hurley andlegendary Romanian athlete Anna Marie Popescu, medalled more than once. 

All three of those names will be among the athletes to watch this year (see below for more on Kong) along with the likes of Korea’s Injeong Choi, who won in Tallin last year; Italy’s Nicol Foietta, who will look to move out of the shadow of the her teammate Maria Navarria, and the new European champion from France, Coraline Vitalis. 

THREE TO WATCH

1) Man Wai (Vivian) Kong 

Country: Hong Kong
FIE Ranking: 1

World Cup Record: 2 Gold 1 Silver 4 Bronze
Senior World Cup Debut: 2008
Best Olympic Result: 11th – Rio 2016

Despite ACL surgeries on both of her knees, the last two years have been breakout ones for 25-year-old Hong Kong fencer, Vivian Man Wai Kong. 

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Last season was particularly successful, with the left-hander winning her first two World Cups in Havana and then in Barcelona in early 2019. She also won silver in Tallin as well as a bronze in Dubai and deserved to finish the season with the world number one ranking.

Highlighting her progression, in 2018 she took gold at the Asian Zonal Championships for the first time, which followed up her silver from the year before and then continued that form into the 18/19 season.

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During the summer she won bronze at the World Championships in Budapest, but then suffered a second ACL injury, this time to her right knee, that forced her to abandon the team event. The individual bronze was an historic first World Championship medal of any kind for a Hong Kong fencer, but impending knee surgery put some doubt around her preparations for Tokyo 2020. 

Fortunately for the Stanford graduate, this seems to have been put to one side, with Kong looking set to compete at this weekend’s opening World Cup event in Estonia. For the last several months she has been posting on social media about her recovery in the lead up to the new season.

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Kong is currently coached by Romanian legend Octavian Petru Zidaru and finished 11th in Rio, her only Olympic appearance thus far. 

2) Emese Szasz-Kovacs

Country: Hungary
FIE Ranking: Unranked

World Cup Record: 7 Gold, 5 Silver, 6 Bronze
Senior World Cup Debut: 2003
Best Olympic Result: Gold – Rio 2016

Although it’s unclear at what point Szasz-Kovacs will return to the sport, the 2016 Olympic champion did vow to do so in an interview with local Hungarian media earlier this year

A seven-time world cup winner and five-time GP winner, in more recent months she’s also posted on social media suggesting that she was back in training. 

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Having given birth to twins as recently as August this year, and already taken time away from the sport before that to grieve the loss of her beloved coach of 17 years, Gyozo Kulcsar, who died in September 2018, it would be an unlikely comeback if she were to feature on the dais again this season. 

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Making it harder is the fact that because she didn’t fence at all last season, she has no ranking points accrued and would have to come through the pools at whatever event she fences. 

However, given her status as a legend of the sport, and the lure of a fourth Olympics in Tokyo, it wouldn’t be right to completely rule it out. 

Now at 37 years old, many would argue that Szasz-Kovacs’ best years are behind her, especially given that her most recent international competition was the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, China, where she finished a respectable sixth.

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Prior to that, her most recent win wasn’t that long ago either, her fifth Grand Prix victory at the Cali GP in Colombia in May, 2018, proving that’s she wouldn’t have forgotten how to win. The question is, will she make it back on the strip in time to be a serious contender this year? We hope so, but let’s wait and see.

3) Nathalie Moellhausen

Country: Brazil
FIE Ranking: 4

World Cup Record: 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze
Senior World Cup Debut: 2002
Best Olympic Result: 6th place – Rio 2016

Speaking of comebacks, Nathalie Moellhausen’s became fencing folklore when she returned to the sport in 2014 after being offered the chance to represent Brazil in Rio despite having already competed, albeit as a reserve, for Italy in London in 2012. 

While it was always a possibility given that her mother is Brazilian, the fact that the switch of allegiances has resulted in a sixth place at the last Olympics, and then a surprise World Championship gold in Budapest this year, means that a career that was thought to be over, is only now hitting its peak.

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At 33, Moellhausen, who combines her fencing with modeling and various other artistic endeavors, has been on the international fencing circuit since 2002. The Budapest win is easily her biggest moment in the sport though, having previously tasted World Cup success in Labnya, Russia in 2009 and before that in Havana in 2007. Otherwise she’s mostly been ranked outside of the top ten, unable to find consistency in her results at least.

Listed to compete in Tallin this weekend, the passionate left-hander who took up the sport at age of nine still has one of the highest media profiles in the sport, and is always one to watch out for in competition. Expect her to pull a few surprises in what could be her last tilt at Olympic glory.


Over the next few weeks, keep reading as Fencing.net offers you an up-to-date profile of the fencers we expect to feature this year. The season started this weekend with the Women’s Epee World Cup in Estonia, so that’s where we begin. Next week: Men’s Foil!

FIE 2019/20 Season Preview: Women’s Epee

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2019 FIE Congress Rule Change Proposals https://www.fencing.net/17540/2019-fie-congress-rule-change-proposals/ Wed, 30 Oct 2019 06:16:13 +0000 https://www.fencing.net/?p=17540 The 2019 FIE Congress is fast approaching! This year’s event will be held November 30 in Lausanne , Switzerland. This year, like in years past, the public can get a glimpse into what proposals are on the docket. The proposal document can be found here for a complete look. Below is a recap of the […]

2019 FIE Congress Rule Change Proposals

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The 2019 FIE Congress is fast approaching! This year’s event will be held November 30 in Lausanne , Switzerland.

This year, like in years past, the public can get a glimpse into what proposals are on the docket. The proposal document can be found here for a complete look. Below is a recap of the more consequential potential rules changes for the average fencer.

Proposal 3: Set strip widths to 1.5 meters.

The current strip width is only required to be between 1.5 and 2 meters wide. This rule change would solidify the width to exactly 1.5 meters. The reasoning being consistency of sizing, reduction of costs, and helping tournaments and clubs to be more space efficient. If adopted, this rule would come into enforcement on January 1, 2021.

Proposal 5: Clarification of injuries

This proposal adds some clarifying language around injuries in the rulebook. The exact wording of the rule is not agreed upon but the overarching concept is to specify that injuries incurred should be sports related and not pre-existing. There are clarifying sections on cramps, asthma, and a few other specific situations.

Proposal 9: Non-combativity

A number of tweaks to the wording of the rule, but a few things are clarified explicitly, including that if both fencers receive a P-Black simultaneously, the fencer with the highest score wins, or in the case of a tie, the fencer with the highest initial event seeding would win.

Proposal 10: Maraging steel sabers

Maraging steel blades are already required for foil and epee at the highest level of competition. If this rule change is approved, saber would also require maraging steel blades starting in the 2020-2021 season.

Proposal 11: Two holes in epee sockets

Epee sockets either have no holes for wires, or one hole for both wires. This rules proposal would require for epee sockets to have two holes, one for each wire, and for the holes to be used.

Bonus: Urgent Decision – Body cord transparent connectors

Per a recently released Urgent Decision document, body cords will now require that their connectors be made of some sort of transparent material. It will be required in some specific upcoming events and then rolled out to all competitions in the 2020-2021 season. It appears that this rules change is being made due to an incident of unknown cause and intent (see: Commission report p86). This resulted in a proof of concept that showed cheating in this way is theoretically possible, and subsequently an emergency rules change was made.

Its currently unclear how US Fencing will adopt this rule change, as it would require many people to purchase new body cords or replace their connectors with something transparent.

2019 FIE Congress Rule Change Proposals

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