Estonian épée team narrowly loses to US in World Championship quarterfinal

The Estonian women's épée team: Katrina Lehis, Julia Beljajeva, Irina Embrich and Kristina Kuusk. Source: Augusto Bizzi

The reigning champion Estonian women's épée team was eliminated from the 2018 World Fencing Championships in Wuxi, China after suffering a narrow loss to the US.

The Estonian team, which consisted of Irina Embrich, Katrina Lehis, Julia Beljajeva and Kristina Kuusk, was ultimately defeated 23:24 by the US team.

Following the first two bouts, Estonia led 3:1, but thereafter ended up trailing the US 4:5 and 8:10. The remainder of the match was close, and four seconds before the end of the match, the US managed to tie up the score at 23:23.

The final, deciding blow, however, was delivered against Embrich by American Katharine Holmes.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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