Russia claim double gold with victory in men’s team sabre at World Championships
Russia followed up their success in the women’s foil competition at the Team World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by also claiming gold in the men’s team sabre.
Having failed to win the gold medal at the last two Championships, the Russians made no mistake time beating Hungary 45-38 in the final.
It was Russia’s ninth gold medal in this event with only Hungary (16) and Soviet Union (15) having won more.
Their path to the Final came after beating Korea Republic 45-41 in a closely fought quarter-final, before they went on to beat Romania 45-24 in the semi-final.
Hungary had progressed to the Final showdown in similar fashion. They endured a tight quarter-final before prevailing over Germany 45-43 before accounted for Iran in the last four thanks to a 45-32 scoreline.
Hungary has won a record 16 gold medals in this event but only one at the last 13 world championships which came way back in 2007.
Their silver medal this time around is their best result since that gold medal in 2007 although they did claim two bronze medals in 2009 and 2014.
Romania took home the bronze medal to register their eighth medal in this event in total as they beat Iran 45-34 in the third and fourth place play-off.
The other quarter-finals had seen Iran claim a surprise victory over USA thanks to a 45-40 scoreline, whilst Romania defeated Italy 45-43.
The men’s team sabre competition was the final event in the Team World Championships which were the second part of a two-part Olympic test event in fencing held in Rio de Janeiro.
The city first welcomed fencers from all over the world for the Rio Grand Prix before the Team World Championships took place in the Carioca Arena 3 in the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca.