Italy’s Fiamingo and Hungary’s Imre win individual épée titles
Italy’s Rossella Fiamingo has won the women's individual épée at the 2015 World Championships in Moscow to become the first woman to win back-to-back world titles since France’s Laura Flessel-Colovic in 1998-1999.
Fiamingo beat Sweden’s Emma Samuelsson by 15 touches to five in a largely one-sided final to win the gold medal match, and now joins Flessel-Colovic and Hungary’s Mariann Horvath as the only women with multiple world titles in this event.
Samuelsson for her part became the third Swedish woman to win a medal at the Fencing World Championships after bronze medals for Helena Elinder in 1993 and Maria Isaksson in 2001, both also in women's individual épée. It was also Sweden's first medal at the World Championships since a bronze medal for the men's team épée in 2003.
In the semi-finals, Fiamingo beat Tunisia’s Besbes by 15 touches to 10 to progress, whilst Samuelsson accounted for China’s Xu Anqi in a closer match by 15 touches to 12.
Besbes’s bronze is only her country’s second medal in world championship history, following on from Ines Boubakri claiming bronze in the women's individual foil last year.
By winning the other bronze medal, it is Angi’s third medal at the world championships and her first in an individual event, this coming after two silver medals in the women's team épée in 2011 and 2013.
In the men’s individual épée, Hungary’s Geza Imre won gold to claim his 10th world championship medal in total, and his first in an individual event.
Imre had won his nine previous medals in men's team épée but overcame the challenge of France’s Gauthier Grumier in a gripping gold medal match to win by 15 touches to 14.
At the age of 40 years and 204 days, Imre is the oldest winner of the men's individual épée event in world championship history, this having won his first medal, a bronze in the team épée back in 1995. The previous oldest winner was Volker Fischer - at 36 years and 345 days, in 1987.
Grumier’s silver medal is his third medal in this event after silver in 2010 and bronze in 2014. The Frenchman has now won nine medals in total at the World Championships, with only Christian D'Oriola (13), Ulrich Robeiri and Eric Srecki (both with 10) having won more among French male fencers.
Imre had progressed to the final having beaten Korea’s Seung Hwa Jung 15 touches to eight, whilst Grumier beat Denmark’s Patrick Jorgensen 15 touches to 11 in the other last four encounter.
Jorgensen’s bronze medal sees him become Denmark's first medallist in a men's event since Mogens Luchow won gold in individual épée in 1950, and the first Danish competitor to earn a medal in any event since 1954 when Karen Lachmann won gold in the women's individual foil.
Seung Hwa’s bronze is his first medal at the world championships, meaning in men's events Korea has now won four individual épée medals in world championship history, although it has won more - five in total, in the individual sabre.