Estonian women's épée team crowned world champions in Leipzig

Estonian women's épée team in Leipzig. July 26, 2017. Source: (Bizzi-Trifiletti)

Estonia's women's épée team, consisting of Kristina Kuusk, Julia Beljajeva, Erika Kirpu and Irina Embrich, was crowned world champions in Leipzig, Germany on Wednesday after defeating China 45:33.

Estonia was free in the first round, after which it solidly defeated Hong Kong 45:17 in the round of 16.

In the quarterfinal, Estonia bested Germany 12:11 in a low-scoring matchup, after which it moved on to conquer Poland, who had themselves eliminated Russia 45:41, in a 37:27 matchup.

The Estonian team faced China in the finals, who had themselves eliminated South Korea 40:32 in their own semifinal matchup.

The final began evenly, with Beljajeva earning a 3:3 tie in her first mini-match, however Embrich brought Estonia into the lead with a score of 8:5 and Kuusk continued with 13:6, after which the Chinese team was unable to recover.

The bronze in Leipzig went to Poland, who defeated South Korea in the bronze-medal match 33:28.

Beljajeva taking home additional individual bronze

On Sunday, July 23, Julia Beljajeva, who had previously been crowned world champion in 2013, earned bronze in the women's indiviual épée after being defeated 13:12 in overtime in the semifinals by Russsian Tatjana Gudkova, who went on to win gold.

Poland's Ewa Nelip took silver after being defeated 11:9 by Gudkova.

World champions returning to Estonia Thursday afternoon

The newly-crowned world champion women's épée team will arrive at Tallinn Airport together with their trainers on a flight from Frankfurt scheduled to arrive at 5:10 p.m.

The Estonian Fencing Association welcomes all fans and sports enthusiasts to join them at the airport in welcoming the gold-medal team and their trainers back to Estonia.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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