Fencing: Ana Maria Branza wins Budapest Grand Prix


Former Olympic vice-champion, holder of the European fencing title, Romanian Ana Maria Branza, proved once again her exceptional value, clearly winning on Sunday the Westend Grand Prix ‘In Memoriam Sakovics Jozsef’ in Budapest, Hungary, according to Agerpres.
In the finals she defeated clearly, 15-7, the Estonian Irina Embrich. Bronze medals went to Rosella Fiamingo (Italy) and  Lyubov Shutova (Russia).
Ana Maria Branza has had a constant evolution to some elite epee fencers, whom she defeated one by one: Maria Ferrari, from Italy, in the quarterfinals, 15-11, as well as Russian Liubov Shutova, in the semifinal, 11-10.
Premier Victor Ponta on Monday congratulated epee fencer Ana Maria Branza for winning the gold medal at the Budapest Grand Prix. ‘Congratulations to Ana-Maria Branza for the victory she won in the women’s epee event of the World Cup bout in Budapest!’, Victor Ponta wrote on Facebook.
Ana Maria was born November 26, 1984 in Bucharest. She won the silver medal in the individual épée event at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the gold medal in the 2013 European Fencing Championships. Twice World champion and four-times European champion with Romania, she came first in the overall women’s epee World Cup in 2007–2008, 2008–2009, and 2012–2013. She is current number one in the FIE world rankings.
She is engaged in promoting student sport. She also supports AITA, an association for autistic children in Bucharest. In September 2013 she launched the campaign “Alearga de ziua ta! (“Run on your birthday”) which encourages people to celebrate their birthday by engaging in physical activity and gathering funds for a charitable cause.

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  1. Stary rolnik says:

    Well done!

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