2002 World Fencing Championships

The 2002 World Fencing Championships were held in Lisbon, Portugal. The event took place from August 18 to August 23, 2002.

2002 World Championships in Fencing
Host cityPortugal Lisbon, Portugal
Date(s)August 18 – August 23


Lisbon obtained the right to organize the championships over Bari, Italy. The event was first to take place from August 12 to August 18, but was reported a week later at the request of the main sponsor and of the television stations, which feared poor audience figures.[1]

84 countries–a record at the time–took part in the championships. The competition saw the clear domination of Russia, who came away with nine medals, including six golds. Stanislav Pozdniakov and Svetlana Boyko obtained a double gold haul respectively in men's sabre and women's foil. Boiko shared the podium with teammate Yekaterina Yusheva, who in quarter-finals had put an end to Valentina Vezzali's streak of gold medals in 1999, 2000, and 2001.[2] Pavel Kolobkov earned a gold medal in men's épée, eight years after his last major title and with a very limited preparation: he was then working as a fencing coach in Boston and rarely took part in Fencing World Cup events.[3] Russia also prevailed in women's team sabre, overcoming Hungary in the final. Ironically, these two countries were the most adamant against the introduction of women's sabre at the Olympics.[4]

The Lisbon championships proved however a disappointment for France, whose medals tally dropped from ten at Nîmes 2001 to five. The French preparation for the championships had been affected by a personal conflict between Philippe Omnès, director of fencing of the French federation, and Christian Bauer, national coach for sabre, as well as the positive drugs test of Laura Flessel-Colovic a few days before the competition.[5] France boasted only one gold medal in men's team épée, won against Russia.

The remaining medals were relatively spread out between other nations. Romania claimed three bronze medals: one in women's team foil, Laura Badea's first medal after her return from maternity leave, one in men's sabre for Olympic champion Mihai Covaliu and one in women's épée for 17-year-old Ana Maria Brânză.[6] The main surprise however was the growing power of Asian fencing: Korea's Hyun Hee defeated successively favourites Laura Flessel and Imke Duplitzer to earn the gold in women's épée, while China's Tan Xue claimed the title after seeing of previous incumbents Anne-Lise Touya and Elena Jemayeva.[7]

Medal tableEdit

1  Russia (RUS)6219
2  France (FRA)1315
3  Germany (GER)1225
4  Hungary (HUN)1124
5  Italy (ITA)1113
6  China (CHN)1023
  South Korea (KOR)1023
8  Azerbaijan (AZE)0112
  Poland (POL)0112
10  Estonia (EST)0101
11  Romania (ROU)0033
12  Belarus (BLR)0011
  Spain (ESP)0011
Totals (13 nations)12121842

Medal summaryEdit

Men's eventsEdit

Event   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Épée   Pavel Kolobkov   Fabrice Jeannet   Ku Kyo-dong
  Vitaly Zakharov
Foil   Simone Vanni   Andre Wessels   Piotr Kielpikowski
  Wu Hanxiong
Sabre   Stanislav Pozdnyakov   Julien Pillet   Mihai Covaliu
  Luigi Tarantino
Team Épée   France
Benoît Janvier
Fabrice Jeannet
Jean-Michel Lucenay
Hugues Obry
Pavel Kolobkov
Sergey Kochetkov
Aleksey Selin
Vyacheslav Selin
  South Korea
Gu Gyo-Dong
Kim Jeong-Gwan
Lee Sang-Yeop
Yang Roy-Sung
Team Foil   Germany
Ralf Bißdorf
Dominik Behr
André Weßels
Lars Schache
Brice Guyart
Loïc Attely
Jean-Noël Ferrari
Franck Boidin
Javier Menéndez
Luis Caplliure
José Francisco Guerra
Javier García Delgado
Team Sabre   Russia
Aleksey Dyachenko
Aleksey Yakimenko
Stanislav Pozdniakov
Sergey Sharikov
Giampiero Pastore
Giacomo Guidi
Aldo Montano
Luigi Tarantino
Dennis Bauer
Michael Herm
Harald Stehr
Alexander Weber

Women's eventsEdit

Event   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Épée   Hyun Hee   Imke Duplitzer   Ana Maria Brânză
  Britta Heidemann
Foil   Svetlana Boyko   Yekaterina Yusheva   Edina Knapek
  Aida Mohamed
Sabre   Tan Xue   Yelena Jemayeva   Cécile Argiolas
  Yelena Nechayeva
Team Épée   Hungary
Hajnalka Kiraly
Tímea Nagy
Hajnalka Tóth
Maarika Võsu
Irina Embrich
Olga Aleksejeva
Heidi Rohi
Luo Xiaojuan
Li Na
Shen Weiwei
Zhong Weiping
Team Foil   Russia
Svetlana Boyko
Yekaterina Yusheva
Julia Khakimova
Olga Lobyntseva
Sylwia Gruchała
Magdalena Mroczkiewicz
Anna Rybicka
Małgorzata Wojtkowiak
Laura Badea
Roxana Scarlat
Cristina Stahl
Reka Szabo
Team Sabre   Russia
Yelena Nechayeva
Margarita Zhukova
Irina Bazhenova
Natalia Makeyeva
Edina Csaba
Orsolya Nagy
Annamária Nagy
Gabriella Sznopek
Yelena Amirova
Yelena Jemayeva
Anzhela Volkova
Yana Siukayeva


  1. ^ Ottogalli, Six and Théret 2010, p. 131
  2. ^ Safra 2002, p. 27
  3. ^ Safra 2002, p. 26
  4. ^ Safra 2002, p. 27
  5. ^ Ottogalli, Six and Théret 2010, p. 132
  6. ^ Safra 2002, p. 28
  7. ^ Ottogalli, Six and Théret 2010, p. 132–4
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