Estonia's Novosjolov wins gold against Hungary's Boczko in the men's epee finals at the World Combat Games in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Novosjolov easily won the gold in Men’s Epee. Photo: S.Timacheff

St. Petersburg – Women’s sabre featured an all-Korea final with Kim Jiyeon (KOR) taking the gold while Nikolai Novosjolov (EST) won in men’s epee.

2012 Olympic Champion Kim Jiyeon (KOR) made her way through the field and defeated Vassiliki Vougioukia (GRE) 15-10 in the semi-finals. The other semi-final featured an upset as 4th ranked Ekaterina Dyachenko (RUS) fell 15-13 to Lee Rajin (KOR)

In the gold medal bout, the score was knotted at 10 and then Kim went ahead and closed out the match 15-10.

In men’s epee, Novosjolov met Fabian Kauter (SUI) in the semi-finals and dispatched him 15-10 while in the other semi-final Gabor Boczko (HUN) faced off against Ulrich Robeiri (FRA) and won 15-13 to advance.

The final was a lopsided affair as Novosjolov fenced at a much higher level than Boczko, totally dominating the match to a 15-6 finish.

Novosjolov said after the gold medal match: “It was a very good competition and the contenders were very strong. I am already fully back to training and took the opportunity here to test my shape and also some new actions. I try to keep the high level in the next season. The World Combat Games were a good experience, the venue, the decoration, everything looked very nice.”

Women's Sabre Fencing
Women’s Sabre at the World Combat Games.