Ireland had six fencers in Novi Sad this week for the European Fencing Championships. Team Ireland participated in four of the individual events and in the Men’s Team Foil.
Men's Épée (104)
Yannick Borel FRA claimed his third back-to-back European title in a 15-14 thriller against Nikolai Novosjolov EST.
Men's Épée Team (20)
Women's Épée (84)
Reigning champion Violetta Kolobova RUS was denied the chance to defend her title, losing 14-13 to Katrina Lehis EST. The other semi-final was an all-Estonian affair, with former world champion Julia Beljajeva losing to teammate Kristina Kuusk. In a career-best result, Lehis took gold 15-14.
- 84th – Lucy Johnson
Women's Épée Team (17)
Men's Foil (79)
Russia's Alexei Cheremisinov toppled reigning European (and Olympic) champion Daniele Garozzo in a 15-14 showdown.
- 64th – Stephen Brown
- 65th – James Brosnan
- 76th – Lachlan Sykes
Men's Foil Team (14)
Team Ireland were knocked out of the main tableau 45-20 by fourth seeds Germany, going on to fence home team Serbia for 13th place. In only the second team appearance for Ireland this season, they claimed victory 45-40.
Women's Foil (61)
Inna Deriglazova RUS continues to look untouchable after an incredible season. She earned Russia's third gold of the tournament in a 15-9 win over Italy's dual-wielding star Arianna Errigo.
- 57th – Anna Lee
Women's Foil Team (12)
Men's Sabre (60)
Max Hartung of Germany not only kept his crown, but earned Germany's first medal of the tournament. He took on Sandro Bazadze GEO in the first semi-final, while world champion Kamil Ibragimov saw off his Russian teammates Dmitry Damilenko faced off on the other side of the bracket. Hartung defeated Ibragimov 15-12.
- 52nd – Michalis Kirimlidis
Men's Sabre Team (12)
Women's Sabre (58)
Sofya Velikaya continued a serious run of form after last month's comeback Grand Prix gold. The Russian won her fourth European title against France's Cecilia Berder.
Women’s Sabre Team (13)
The next stop for Ireland’s elite fencers is the World Championship, which is only four weeks away in Wuxi. Best of luck to foilists James Brosnan and Stephen Brown, and to sabreur Michalis Kirimlidis.