Fencing: Foconi and Volpi, blue triumph in the World Cup

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Good signs from the blue fencing, seven months before the Tokyo Olympics. Men and women of the foil have dominated the World Cup trials, in which all the best are participating to qualify for the Games in Japan. In the Italian morning the first to establish itself was Alessio Foconi, from the Italian Air Force, world champion in Wuxi 2018, who experimented with the Makuhari Messe Olympic arena with a series of derby all won. In the quarter-finals he overcame his teammate Andrea Cassara with a score of 15-8. In the semifinals, the encore with the Rio 2016 gold Daniele Garozzo, in an assault conducted from the beginning, responding to the comeback attempt closing at 15-10. In the final Foconi did not find the same resistance in the French Maxime Pauty, beaten by 15-5. Technical commissioner Andrea Cipressa could not receive a better present for his 56th birthday.


Fencing: Foconi and Volpi, blue triumph in the World Cup

Alessio Foconi in Tokyo

A few hours later, an even better script in France, where the Cup event was held in Saint Maur. This time even an all-blue final, or rather Tuscan, with Alice Volpi, a Fiamme Oro florist from Siena, 2018 world gold, champion beating 15-10 Martina Batini, 30 years old from the Forestry area of ​​Pisa. A surprise final, to which the most awaited protagonists failed to arrive: Arianna Errigo, winner of the last round of the Cup in Cairo, was beaten 15-11 by the American Lee Kiefer in the quarterfinals, while Elisa Di Francisca stopped in the second round against the Russian Adelina Zagidullina. But overall the Dream Team proves to always have available cards, monopolizing the final with Volpi anyway and an athlete like Batini who risks not going to Tokyo despite having beaten the Russian Inna Deriglazova in the semifinals, the blue scarecrow in the last Olympics editions and World Cup.


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