Kazakh Epee Fencers Win Gold at Asian Fencing Championships

Kazakh epee fencers won gold at the 2015 Asian Fencing Championships, which took place in Singapore on June 20-25, reported Tengrinews.

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Kazakhstan’s Ruslan Kurbanov (r) fights Dong Chao of China at the Asian Fencing Championships. Photo by The New Paper.

The Kazakhstan men’s team, represented by Elmir Alimzhanov, Ivan Deryabin, Dmitry Alexanin and Ruslan Kurbanov, who was also a silver medalist at the World Universiade, defeated the national team of Korea with a score of 45:37 and then beat China with a 45:43 win in the final. 

This was the second medal the national team of Kazakhstan received at the Asian Championships in Singapore this year. Earlier, Kazakh fencer Elmir Alimzhanov won the bronze in the individual competition among men. Elimzhanov is a two-time champion of the Asian Championships and participated in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

“Today, I am happy to receive the bronze medal. It was hard to win,” said Alimzhanov.

The Kazakh epee fencer couldn’t beat his rival from South Korea, Park Kyoung-doo, who in his turn, failed to beat a Chinese athlete.

Kazakhstan’s female team, scoring 29:45, couldn’t win against the team from Hong Kong in the quarterfinal. Among female fencers were a champion of Asia, Ulyana Balaganskaya, as well as bronze medalists from the 2014 Asian Games 2014 Tamara Pochekutova, Tatiana Prikhodko and Diana Pamansha.

The Kazakh team is planning to participate in the coming World Universiade in South Korea and then in World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

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