Double success for Russia at World Fencing Championships
The men’s squad, with Alexey Yakimenko, Veniamin Reshetnikov, Nikolai Kovalyov and Artem Zanin, collected a 45-41 win over the Italians in the finals.
They were 4-15 down toward the beginning of the clash, but managed an impressive comeback.
Meanwhile, the Russian ladies – Sophia Velikaya, Dina Galiakbarova, Julia Gavrilova, Svetlana Kormilitsyna – also scored a team victory on the night.
They made an easy job out of Ukraine, cruising to a 45-33 victory to repeat their success of 2004.
Hosts France took the bronze after beating the Americans with a 45-35 scoreline.