Fencing briefs: Estonian World Cup Stage begins, women in China going strong ({{commentsTotal}})

The 45th Glaive de Tallinn or the Tallinna Mõõk tournament, a World Cup stage, began on Friday.

A total of 248 male fencers, including the world's top ten, have arrived from 39 countries.

Nikolai Novosjolov, world champion in 2010 and 2013, is one of the 16 Estonians in individual competition.

Sten Priinits (19th in world ranking) will take the lead position in the team event as the coach. Igor Tšikinjov does not want to risk Novosjolov (15th in world ranking).

The competition will go on until Sunday evening.


Estonian women have began well in the womens' World Cup stage, held in Xuzhou, China.

Five out of six fencers passed through the qualifiers successfully and are now in the top 64. Although Erika Kirpu and Irina Embrich did not have to work for qualification, going through on the virtue of their high world ranking.

Head coach Kaido Kaabermaa said that the success was to be expected. The competition will continue on Saturday and Sunday.

Estonian male and female fencers have won a number of individual and team medals from European and world championships in the past.