Irina Embrich

Irina Embrich, née Zamkovaja (born 12 July 1980) is an Estonian left-handed épée fencer.[1] Embrich is a two-time team European champion and 2017 team world champion. A two-time Olympian, Embrich is a 2021 team Olympic champion.

Irina Embrich
Irina Embrich Challenge International de Saint-Maur 2013 n02.jpg
Embrich at the Challenge International de Saint-Maur 2013
Personal information
Nickname(s)Ira
Born (1980-07-12) 12 July 1980 (age 42)
Tallinn, Estonia
NationalityEstonian
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
Sport
SportFencing
WeaponÉpée
Handleft-handed
ClubPõhjakotkas
FIE rankingcurrent ranking

Embrich competed in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.[2]

BiographyEdit

Embrich's first sport was gymnastics, but she resented the hard discipline of the Soviet era.[3] She later took to rhythmic gymnastics and then fencing under coach Samuil Kaminski.[3] She ranked 20th then 12th at the cadet World championships in 1996 and 1998, but snatched the bronze medal at the junior event in 1999.

After high school, Embrich studied chemistry at the Tallinn University of Technology.[3] In 2004 her coach left Estonia for Norway. Épée champion Nikolai Novosjolov, who is the same age as her, accepted to train her under an equal footing more than a student-master relationship.[3] The same year she married a fellow student and gave birth in 2005 to a daughter, Maria.[3] She went on in her fencing career and won the silver medal at the épée 2006 World Fencing Championships after losing the final 15–11 versus Tímea Nagy,[4] and then the bronze medal in 2007. She was named Estonian Sportswoman of the Year 2007 for these performances.

In the 2012–13 season, she took a bronze medal at the World Cup events of Leipzig and Saint-Maur and won the team gold medal with Estonia in the European Championships in Zagreb. She ranked 10th in the World Championships in Budapest after she lost her T16 bout against Emese Szász, who eventually took a bronze medal.

In the 2013–14 season, she placed second at the Budapest Grand Prix after being defeated 7–15 in the final by world no.1 Ana Maria Brânză. This result helped her reach the 4th place in world rankings. At the 2014 European Championships at Strasbourg, she was stopped in the table of 32 by World No. 1 Emese Szász. In the team event, Estonia were defeated by Russia in the semi-final, then by Italy and finished fourth. At the 2014 World Championships in Kazan, Embrich reached the quarter-finals, defeating World No. 2 Ana Brânză along the way. She was then defeated by Italy's Rossella Fiamingo, who eventually won the gold medal.

Medal recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Year Location Event Position
2021   Tokyo, Japan Team Women's Épée 1st[5]

World ChampionshipEdit

Year Location Event Position
2006   Turin, Italy Individual Women's Épée 2nd[6]
2007   St. Petersburg, Russia Individual Women's Épée 3rd[7]
2014   Kazan, Russia Team Women's Épée 2nd[8]
2017   Leipzig, Germany Team Women's Épée 1st[9]

European ChampionshipEdit

Year Location Event Position
2007   Ghent, Belgium Individual Women's Épée 3rd[10]
2012   Legnano, Italy Team Women's Épée 3rd[11]
2013   Zagreb, Croatia Team Women's Épée 1st[12]
2015   Montreux, Switzerland Team Women's Épée 2nd[13]
2016   Toruń, Poland Team Women's Épée 1st[14]
2018   Novi Sad, Serbia Team Women's Épée 3rd[15]

Grand PrixEdit

Year Location Event Position
2014-02-01   Budapest, Hungary Individual Women's Épée 2nd[16]
2020-03-06   Budapest, Hungary Individual Women's Épée 3rd[17]

World CupEdit

Date Location Event Position
2012-06-29   Leipzig, Germany Individual Women's Épée 2nd[18]
2013-02-08   Leipzig, Germany Individual Women's Épée 3rd[19]
2013-03-01   Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France Individual Women's Épée 3rd[20]
2015-11-13   Nanjing, China Individual Women's Épée 3rd[21]
2016-02-12   Buenos Aires, Argentina Individual Women's Épée 2nd[22]
2016-10-21   Tallinn, Estonia Individual Women's Épée 3rd[23]
2017-01-20   Barcelona, Spain Individual Women's Épée 2nd[24]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website". INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  3. ^ a b c d e neljas.ee (21 November 2007). "Irina Embrich, vehklemisprintsess herneteral" (in Estonian). Archived from the original on 12 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Escrime – ChM : Flessel se contente du bronze". L'Équipe (in French). 3 October 2006. Archived from the original on October 4, 2006. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  5. ^ IOC. "Tokyo 2020 Women's Épée Team Results - Olympic fencing". Olympics.com. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
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  16. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website". INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  17. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website". INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  18. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website". INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  19. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website". INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  20. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website". INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  21. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website". INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  22. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website". INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  23. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website". INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  24. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website". INTERNATIONAL FENCING FEDERATION - The International Fencing Federation official website. Retrieved 2021-12-18.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by Estonian Athlete of the Year
2007
Succeeded by