Olympics 2012 Fencing: Aron Szilagyi Wins Men’s Sabre Gold

Diego Occhiuzzi (ITA), Aron Szilagyi (HUN), and Nikolay Kovalev (RUS) on the medal stand.

Diego Occhiuzzi (ITA), Aron Szilagyi (HUN), and Nikolay Kovalev (RUS) on the medal stand.

Olympics 2012 Fencing: Aron Szilagyi Wins Men’s Sabre Gold

Aron Szilagyi (HUN) dominated his semi-final and final matches to secure the gold medal in Men’s Sabre at the 2012 Olympic Games.  Szilagyi defeated Diego Occhiuzzi 15-8 to claim the gold medal.  Nikolay Kovalev (RUS) won the bronze medal with a 15-7 win over Rares Dumitrescu (ROU).

Aron Szilagyi stormed to a 7-0 lead in the gold medal bout, leaving Occhiuzzi struggling to find any way to answer the Hungarian’s precise control of the distance in the bout.  He finally managed to score a point and went into the minute break with Szilagyi up 8-1.

In the second period, Occhiuzzi came out to fight scoring two touches to bring him up to 3 but was unable to develop any sustained run.  The opposite, in fact, happened as Szilagyi had the answer for every change that Occhiuzzi made and won the bout 15-8.

Szilagyi (right) had an answer for everything in the medal rounds tonight.

Szilagyi (right) had an answer for everything in the medal rounds tonight.

Nikolay Kovalev (RUS) put aside his disappointment in his semi-final loss and started out the bronze medal bout with a 3-0 lead on Dumitrescu.  Dumitrescu would fight back, and go on a 3-0 run of his own to have the bout starting to slip away down 8-3 at the break.

Kovalev kept the pressur out after the minute break, capping off a 6-0 run to go up 10-3.  Dumitrescu would answer with a 4-0 run of his own, closing the bout to 10-7.  Kovalev would let the bout get no closer, however, and put it away 15-10 for the bronze medal.

In the semi-finals, Szilagyi went out to a blistering start, putting Kovalev down 5-1, then 8-5 at the break.  In the second period, Kovalev attempted to slow Szilagyi’s attacks down with a reaching line and attempts to take the blade, but the Hungarian largely ignored all of the distractions and just kept on hitting – running away with a 7-2 second period to close the bout 15-7.

The second semi-final bout would be much closer, but with only one tie at 1-1.  Diego Occhiuzzi won his 2nd point to go up 2-1 and never looked back, holding the lead throughout the match.  He was up 8-5 at the break and then would string together a few mini-runs of 2 or 3 touches apiece to win the bout 15-11.

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