Dabrowski stuns world champion for home win in Warsaw
Poland’s Michal Dabrowski enjoyed a great day on the piste on Thursday (8 July), taking a convincing World Cup win for the hosts against world champion Alexander Kurzin in the men’s sabre category B in Warsaw.
It was Dabrowski’s first World Cup gold having debuted for Poland in 2018. He beat RPC’s Kurzin by eight hits and also got past France’s European bronze medallist Maxime Valet on his way to the final.
Valet settled for bronze, joining Greece’s Paralympic runner-up Panagiotis Triantafyllou in third.
The RPCs Roman Fedyaev took a chance that paid off in the men’s sabre category A, competing – and winning – in the weapon for the first time at this level.
France’s Lemoine Ludovic was cast aside by Fedyaev 15-9 in the final but claimed his first World Cup podium finish since 2016.
Greece’s Vasileios Ntounis and German 21-year-old Maurice Schmidt both sealed bronze.
Ukraine’s Rio 2016 bronze medallist Yevheniia Breus emerged on top in the women’s epee category B. The RPCs under 23 world title holder Elena Evdokimova grabbed her latest podium finish with silver.
Poland celebrated another top three finish courtesy of Marta Fidrych in third alongside the RPCs’ Iuliia Maya.
Ukraine doubled-up on golds thanks to Serhii Shavkun in the men’s epee category C. Shavkun claimed his latest win in the weapon having claimed the world title in Warsaw earlier in the week.
The RPC’s Konstantin Gridin was second. Israel’s Kanstantsin Kavaliou and Shavkun’s teammate Serhii Sheptitskyi completed the medal winners.
In the women’s epee category B, Belarus’ European silver medallist Alesia Makrytskaya was the victor. Ukraine’s Olena Fedota took second, ahead of 2017 world champion Victoria Boykova of Russia. Tetiana Pozniak secured Ukraine’s second medal in the event, also with bronze.
The 2021 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) Wheelchair Fencing World Cup continues in Warsaw until Sunday (11 July).