ANTALYA – On the first day of the European Absolute Championships in Antalya 2022 Italy immediately won three podiums thanks to Luca Curatoli in the men’s saber and to Arianna Errigo and Alice Volpi in the women’s foil.
Two blue on the podium of the women’s foil, which is confirmed as a weapon of excellence in Italy: Arianna Errigo won the silver medal, Alice Volpi the bronze, but also Francesca Palumbo and Martina Favaretto did well, closing both in the top 10 of the test .
Arianna Errigo, seeded number two after the groups, easily won the first bouts of the day against the French Anita Blaze (15-8) and against the Polish Martyna Dlugosz (15-4). In the quarterfinals she faced the derby against the other Italian Francesca Palumbo, won with a score of 15-3 and then the match against the French Ysoara Thibus, which the Monza turned in her favor in the final closing with four hits in a row by 11 all to 15-11. The final was won by the German Leonie Ebert, 22, with a score of 15-11, which however allowed the Carabinieri athlete to win his seventh individual medal in a continental review. This is the second European silver for her, which is added to the two golds of Torun 2016 and Tbilisi 2017, the silver of Novi Sad 2018 and the bronzes of Plovdiv 2009, Legnano 2012 and Montreaux 2015.
The fourth European bronze for Alice Volpi also arrived in the same race: the Sienese class 1992 of the Fiamme Oro, who had already been on the third step of the podium in the three previous editions (2017, 2018 and 2019) and who started as before the ranking, in the draw of 32 she overtook the Swedish Miriam Schreiber 15-7 and then beat the Ukrainian Kateryna Chentsova 15-10. In the quarterfinals the most uncertain assault against the German Anne Sauer: the match was stopped on 10, then the blue put five hits in a row that decreed her passage to the semifinals, where the German Leonie Ebert got the better 15 -9.
The third Italian medal came from the individual men’s saber, where Luca Curatoli won silver, his second career European medal after the 2017 bronze in Tbilisi. The Neapolitan of the Fiamme Oro made his debut in the main draw against his teammate of the national team Pietro Torre, beaten 15-9, then he won on the English Jonathan Webb 15-7 and, in the quarterfinals, on the standard bearer of Georgia Beka Bazadze: the blue was 8-10 in the score, but managed to recover up to to 15-11. In the semifinal with the same score came the victory against the French Bolade Apithy. In the final against Sandro Bazadze the blue got off to a good start, continuing up to 9-5, but then suffered the return of the opponent who won 15-11.
Among the other foil players guided at the bottom of the platform by CT Stefano Cerioni seventh place for Francesca Palumbo, beaten by Errigo in the derby of the quarter-finals, and tenth for Martina Favaretto, in turn defeated in an all-Italian challenge by Palumbo in the previous round.
In the men’s saber, the other men of the gun manager Nicola Zanotti finished as follows: 13th Giovanni Repetti, who replaced Luigi Samele at the last minute and came out in the 16 against the Romanian Razvan Ursachi, 29th Michele Gallo and 30th Pietro Torre , the two young men of the team born in 2002 and 2001.
Tomorrow scheduled individual women’s epee competitions with the blue Federica Isola, Rossella Fiamingo, Mara Navarria and Alberta Santuccio and men’s foil with gold and silver in charge of Dusseldorf 2019 Alessio Foconi and Daniele Garozzo together with Tommaso Marini and Giorgio Avola.
ABSOLUTE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2022 – INDIVIDUAL FEMALE FOIL – Antalya (Turkey), 17 June
HERE ALL THE LIVE RESULTS
Ebert (Ger) b. Errigo (ITA) 15-11
Errigo (ITA) b. Thibus (Fra) 15-11
Ebert (Ger) b. Volpi (ITA) 15-9
Errigo (ITA) b. Palumbo (ITA) 15-3
Volpi (ITA) b. Sauer (Jer) 15-10
Ebert (Ger) b. Stutchbury (Gbr) 15-9
Thibus (Fra) b. Kondricz (Hun) 15-9
Scoreboard of 16
Palumbo (ITA) b. Favaretto (ITA) 15-11
Errigo (ITA) b. Dlugosz (Pol) 15-4
Volpi (ITA) b. Chentsova (Ukr) 15-10
Scoreboard of 32
Volpi (ITA) b. Schreiber (Swe) 15-7
Favaretto (ITA) b. Diaz (Esp) 15-2
Palumbo (ITA) b. Calugareanu (Rou) 15-13
Errigo (ITA) b. Blaze (Fra) 15-8
Alice Volpi: 6 wins, 0 losses
Arianna Errigo: 6 wins, 0 defeats
Francesca Palumbo: 5 wins, 1 defeat
Martina Favaretto: 5 wins, 0 defeats
Ranking (59): 1. Leonie Ebert (Ger), 2. Arianna Errigo (ITA), 3. Alice Volpi (ITA), 3. Ysoara Thibus (Fra), 5. Anne Sauer (Ger), 6. Carolina Stutchbury (Gbr), 7 . Francesca Palumbo (ITA), 8. Kata Kondricz (Hun), 10. Martina Favaretto (ITA)
ABSOLUTE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2022 – INDIVIDUAL MEN’S SABER – Antalya (Turkey), June 17
HERE ALL THE LIVE RESULTS
Bazadze S. (Geo) b. Curatoli (ITA) 15-11
Curatoli (ITA) b. Apithy (Fra) 15-11
Bazadze S. (Geo) b. Bibi (Fra) 15-4
Curatoli (ITA) – Bazadze B. (Geo) 11-15
Bazadze S. (Geo) b. Ursachi (Rou) 15-8
Bibi (Fra) b. Gemesi (Hun) 11-15
Apithy (Fra) b. Teodosiu (Rou) 15-10
Scoreboard of 16
Curatoli (ITA) b. Webb (Gbr) 15-7
Ursachi (Rou) b. Repetti (ITA) 15-10
Scoreboard of 32
Repetti (ITA) b. Dragomir (Rou) 15-14
Curatoli (ITA) b. Torre (ITA) 15-9
Kindler (Ger) b. Gallo (ITA) 15-7
Scoreboard of 64
Gallo (ITA) b. Platonov (Ukr) 15-9
Torre (ITA) b. Fernandez Blanco (Esp) 15-6
Giovanni Repetti: 5 wins, 1 defeat
Michele Gallo: 3 wins, 3 defeats
Luca Curatoli: 6 wins, 0 defeats
Pietro Torre: 3 wins, 3 defeats
Ranking (55). 1. Sandro Bazadze (Geo), 2. Luca Curatoli (ITA), 3. Bolade Apithy (Fra), 3. Eliott Bibi (Fra), 5. Razvan Ursachi (Rou), 6. Iulian Teodosiu (Rou), 7. Beza Bazadze (Geo), 8. Csanad Gemesi (Hun), 13. Giovanni Repetti (ITA), 29. Michele Gallo (ITA), 30. Pietro Torre (ITA)
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