Fencers land 5th at World Championships

TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) – Iran’s sabre team got the better of Romanian rivals to finish in the fifth position at the 2017 Leipzig World Fencing Championships.

The event marks the first senior World Championship following fencing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and on the fourth night of six days, Iran finished fifth in the Men’s Team Sabre event.

In an eye-catching showdown, the Iranian squad comprising Mojtaba Abedini, Ali Pakdaman, Mohammad Fotuhi and Mohammad Rahbari offered awe-inspiring athletic performances to pull out a narrow 45-43 win over powerhouse Romania to occupy the fifth place in the final ranking table.

Fencer of Iran had previously downed teams from Saudi Arabia, England and France while they suffered a loss in the face of Hungarians.

Iran’s epee squad is slated to face rivals today in Leipzig of Germany which is playing host to the 2017 World Fencing Championships which will run through July 26.

Top-eight rankings for Men’s Team Sabre include Korea (gold), Hungary (silver), Italy (bronze), USA, Iran, Romania, France, and Russia.

Following the individual and team event finals on Monday, the latest ranking was released by the Fédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE) and, thanks to the hard-fought victory over Romanians, Iran’s men’s sabre team jumped one spot moving up to the fourth position.

The sabre is one of the three weapons of modern fencing and it differs from the other modern fencing weapons, the epee and foil, in that it is possible to score with the edge of the blade; for this reason, sabreur movements and attacks are very fast.

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