World Championships in Milan: fencers win silver and claim large points haul for the Olympic rankings


The first podium for Italy in the team event of the Fencing World Championships arrived in Milan.

Indeed, on the Allianz MiCo pistes, the quartet of Rossella Fiamingo, Mara Navarria, Alberta Santuccio and Federica Isola won the silver medal in the women’s epee, taking a very important leap towards the qualification ranking for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

The Italian women, after their swift wins in yesterday’s preliminary rounds against Finland (45-22) and Canada (45-30), were immediately called upon to raise their game today.

In the quarter-finals, they got the better of Hong Kong 29-26 before achieving another hard-fought triumph over Switzerland, who fell in the semi-finals with a score of 40-36.

The final act also proved to be a well-balanced affair against Poland with Renata Knapik-Miazga, Martyna Swatowska-Wenglarczyk, Magdalena Pawlowska and Ewa Trzebinska. After a match in which they had led throughout, the women, coached by Dario Chiadò, suffered in the ninth and final bout to drop behind their opponents, who managed to end with the score of 32-28 in their favour.

The Italian squad once again therefore made it onto the second step of the podium after the other silver medal obtained last year on the pistes in Cairo (Egypt). 

Third place in the end went to Korea, who defeated the Swiss women 45-32 in the bronze medal match.