The Romanian women’s épée team (Anca Maroiu, Ana Maria Branza, Simona Alexandru and Loredana Dinu) won the gold medal at the World Fencing Championships in Catania, after defeating China in the final, score 27-26, hotnews.ro informs.
This was Romania’s second consecutive world title. Last year, Romania defeated Germany in the final in Paris.
Simona Alexandru won the decisive point in this year’s final, just like she did in the semifinal against Germany. Simona Alexandru managed a spectacular comeback, scoring 4 points to equalize China’s 13, at a crucial moment in which the Chinese seemed to take a decisive lead. Afterwards it was Romania’s turn to take the lead, however the drama was concentrated in the last game that pitted Li Na against Simona Alexandru. At the end of the game the two players were in a tie, 26-26, and the referees offered an extra minute in which China had the priority, meaning China would have won even if the tie persisted. Simona Alexandru however scored the decisive point and Romania won the gold. China’s team consisted of Xiaojuan Lu, Na Li, Yujie Sun and Anqi Xu.
Romania entered the competition directly in the second round where it defeated Great Britain, score 45-3. Romania then defeated Poland in the quarterfinals, score 37-33, and Germany in the semifinals, score 24-23.
Romania’s Anca Maroiu and Ana Maria Branza won bronze medals in the individual event, being defeated in the semifinals by Na Li and Yujie Sun respectively.