22nd June 2012
Senior European Championships 2012 - Day 6
Italy and Switzerland end Championships on a high
The final events of the European Championships were the Men’s Epee and Women’s Foil team events.
Men’s Epee Team
Seventeen teams took part in the Men’s Epee team event on the last day at the European Championships in Legnano, Italy. Great Britain did not enter a team.
The bronze medal went to Ukraine who beat the French team 38-33. The French team did not feature their top two fencers, Grumier and Borrel. The gold medal match was between Hungary and Switzerland. The Swiss team took charge of the match and were 15-8 up after three bouts. By the seventh bout they had extended their lead to 30-22 and Szenyi replaced Somfai for Hungary. The Swiss were not to be thwarted and took the European title 45-35.
Women’s Foil Team
Only eight teams entered the Women’s Foil team event including one from Great Britain – Bentley, Sheppard and Troiano with Emanuel as reserve.
In the first match Great Britain faced Russia, the number two seeds for the event. Russia opened up a lead early on and went through 40-21. In the placings matches they lost 40-29 (despite a great eighth leg from Bentley) and then 45-26 to Ukraine to finish eight.
In the bronze medal match Russia beat Poland 38-31 having started well. The gold medal match between France and Italy was a real battle in the early stages but by the end of the third bout Italy were 15-9 up. The Italians killed the contest off in the fifth and sixth bouts, outscoring the French team 11-3. They ran out eventual winners 45-28 to retain their European crown.
The next major Championships for these teams will be the Olympic Games in London starting in just 36 days.