Azerbaijani sabre team finishes fourth in world championship

Mon 17 Oct 2011 08:43 GMT | 12:43 Local Time

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The world fencing championship has ended in Catagna, Italy.

The final program for the Azerbaijani team was the team contest in women sabring. Our team including Sabina Mikina, Aida Alasgarova, as well as sisters Sevinj Buniyadova performed brilliantly, stopping just a step to the honor pedestal.

In the round of 32 of the final, the Azerbaijani national team beat Japan 45-40. Mikina was most successful there, winning two meetings and holding one draw.

The hardest match was against France in the round of 16 of the final, where the national team of Azerbaijan won 45-44. In process of the match we were losing 28-35 but won in the two final games. First Sevil beat Marion Schtoltz (11-5), and then Mikina beat Eleonore Perru  (6-4).

Sabina continued her tributes in the quarterfinal, where the national team of Azerbaijan was facing China. In the last fight, she beat Ju Min (8-3) and brought victory to our team (45-43).

Unfortunately, our team was fatigue in the semifinal and we lost to strong Ukraine 25-45. Meanwhile, Mikina beat Galina Pundik (9-5). In the match for the third place the Azerbaijani national team was losing to the United States (20-35). And though Sevil and Sabina won in the two final fights, we lost 40-45. But the fourth place should be recognized a brilliant achievement in the world championship, while Russia beat Ukraine-45-43 in the final.

Earlier among sabre fencers Sabina Mikina became the best in our quarter as she reached the semifinal and finished eighth. Meanwhile, the only representative of Azerbaijan Juliya Neljubova became 55th among fencers.

Italians were best among teams by winning four gold, three silver and four bronze awards. Russia is second (4-0-1) and China is third (2-2-0). 
 
Elmir Aliyev
News.Az

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