1989 World Fencing Championships

The 1989 World Fencing Championships were held in Denver, United States from July 5 to July 15.[citation needed]

1989 World Championships in Fencing
Host cityUnited States Denver, United States
Date(s)July 5–15


The United States applied to organise World Fencing Championships as soon as the 1986 congress of the International Fencing Federation (FIE). They maintained their request the year after, suggesting Cleveland or Indianapolis as hosts. The latter was chosen, but withdrew three months before the event. Denver put itself forward as replacement.[1]

The competition was marred by several incidents involving the directoire technique. For instance, Bulgaria's men sabre team unknowingly arrived late at their quarter-final match against Germany, as the official timetable had been changed along the way; Germany requested and obtained the Bulgarians' disqualification.[1]

The SSSR and Germany dominated the championships, especially in foil and sabre. Épée saw several surprises, notably the victory of Spain's Manuel Pereira, who had never placed in the Top 8 of an international tournament before, and who never reached that level again.[1] Women's épée was still a young weapon, allowed by the FIE at the 1988 World Criterium as a demonstration event. It made its first official apparition in Denver. An outsider, Switzerland's Anja Straub, prevailed over Germany's Ute Schäper and Italy's Annalisa Coltorti, while the women's team event saw the beginning of the Hungarian domination.

Medal tableEdit

1  Soviet Union (URS)4116
2  West Germany (FRG)2529
3  Italy (ITA)1236
4   Switzerland (SUI)1012
5  Hungary (HUN)1001
  Spain (ESP)1001
7  France (FRA)0123
8  Poland (POL)0101
9  Cuba (CUB)0011
Totals (9 nations)10101030

Medal summaryEdit

Men's eventsEdit

Event   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Individual Épée   Manuel Pereira (ESP)   Sandro Cuomo (ITA)   Pavel Kolobkov (URS)
Individual Foil   Alexander Koch (FRG)   Philippe Omnès (FRA)   Mauro Numa (ITA)
Individual Sabre   Grigory Kiriyenko (URS)   Jarosław Koniusz (POL)   Felix Becker (FRG)
Team Épée   Italy
Sandro Cuomo
Angelo Mazzoni
Stefano Pantano
Sandro Resegotti
  West Germany
Elmar Borrmann
Robert Felisiak
Stefan Hörger
Thomas Gerull
Günter Jauch
Wilfredo Loyola-Torriente
Nelson Loyola-Torriente
Pedro Merencio
Carlos Pedroso
Lazaro Castro
Team Foil   Soviet Union
Alexandr Romankov
Sergei Golubitsky
Ilgar Mammadov
Boris Koretsky
Dmitriy Shevchenko
  West Germany
Thorsten Weidner
Matthias Gey
Thomas Endres
Alexander Koch
Philippe Conscience
Laurent Bel
Philippe Omnès
Patrice Lhôtellier
Team Sabre   Soviet Union
Grigory Kiriyenko
Andrey Alshan
Sergey Koryashkin
Sergey Mindirgasov
  West Germany
Frank Bleckmann
Felix Becker
Jürgen Nolte
Ulrich Eifler
Jörg Kempenich
Jean-François Lamour
Philippe Delrieu
Franck Ducheix
Pierre Guichot
Jean-Philippe Daurelle

Women's eventsEdit

Event   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Individual Épée   Anja Straub (SUI)   Ute Schäper (FRG)   Annalisa Coltorti (ITA)
Individual Foil   Olga Velichko (URS)   Anja Fichtel (FRG)   Zita Funkenhauser (FRG)
Team Épée   Hungary
Gyöngyi Szalay
Mariann Horváth
Marina Várkonyi
Diana Eöri
Zsuzsanna Szőcs
Annalisa Coltorti
Laura Chiesa
Elisa Uga
Alessandra Anglesio
Laura Chiesa
Suzanne Rompza
Isabelle Pentucci
Anja Straub
Gianna Bürki
Team Foil   West Germany
Anja Fichtel
Sabine Bau
Susanne Lang
Zita Funkenhauser
Anette Klug
Christiane Weber
  Soviet Union
Olga Velichko
Tatyana Sadovskaya
Olga Votshakina
Yelena Grishina
Yelena Glikina
Francesca Bartolozzi
Diana Bianchedi
Giovanna Trillini
Margherita Zalaffi


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