Spain Scores Upsets in Madrid (Villa de Madrid Men’s Saber World Cup)

The Villa de Madrid treated its hosts well with individual gold and an upset in team.

The Villa de Madrid treated its hosts well with individual gold and an upset in team.

Spain took the idea of a home court advantage to heart as Fernando Casares won the individual title and Spain knocked off the top seed in the team event at the Villa de Madrid.

The Villa de Madrid Men’s Saber World Cup was something of a mixed bag this year. The event was lacking a few familiar faces as countries are trying out some of their younger athletes to determine who looks good for the Rio Olympic Cycle, plus some athletes took the event off due to injuries.

Noteworthy absences included Aldo Montano (ITA), Rares Dumitrescu (ROU), Alexei Yakimenko (RUS), and 2012′s Olympic Bronze Medalist Nikolay Kovalev (RUS).

Despite the absence of some of last season’s top athletes, the final 8 of the event was mostly the usual suspects. France’s Bolade Apithy and Max Hartung of Germany took 7th and 8th. Our own Daryl Homer took down his third consecutive 6th place finish (Following finishes in Plovdiv and London) and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Diego Occhiuzzi (ITA) took 5th. Nicolas Limbach (GER), and reigning Olympic Gold Medalist Aron Szilagyi (HUN) split bronze.

Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS), currently ranked 9th in the world, filled in for the absent Kovalev and Yakimenko admirably – bringing home the silver.

Madrid’s gold medalist – the real upset of the event – was won by Fernando Casares of Spain, stepping into the top-8 for the first time since a 5th place finish in 2009. After finishing the 2011/2012 season ranked 106th, Casares battled his way past Olympic silver and gold medalists Occhiuzzi and Szilagyi, before confronting Reshetnikov in the final and, ultimately, winning gold 15-9.

Watch the Gold Medal Bout here:

Quarter-Final Bouts:

Szilagyi (HUN) def. Apithy (FRA): 15-11
Casares (ESP) def. Occhiuzzi (ITA): 15-13
Reshetnikov (RUS) def. Homer (USA): 15-11
Limbach (GER) def. Hartung (GER): 15-14.

Semi-Finals:
Casares (ESP) def. Szilagyi (HUN): 15-14
Reshetnikov (RUS) def. Limbach (GER): 15-12

Gold:
Casares (ESP) dev. Reshetnikov (RUS): 15-9

Team Event

In the team event, Spain continued to get a home town bounce as they knocked out top seeded Russia 45-41 in the opening round of the team event. This paved the way for 9th seed Hungary, who seized on the opening by taking down Spain 45-29 and then went on to defeat Germany (45-33) and China (45-31) to win the team gold.

The United States came in as 7th seed and won their first round match vs. Canada 45-28. The US then lost to #2 Romania 45-42. In the placement rounds, the US defeated Ukraine 45-40 and then ended at 6th place when Italy won out 45-37.

Final Standings: Madrid Team World Cup

 

Rank Points Country
1 64 HUNGARY
2 52 CHINA
3 40 ROMANIA
4 36 GERMANY
5 32 ITALY
6 30 USA
7 28 SPAIN
8 26 UKRAINE
9 25 FRANCE
10 24 CANADA
11 23 BELARUS
12 22 POLAND
13 21 GREAT BRITAIN
14 20 HONG KONG
15 19 JAPAN
16 18 RUSSIA
17 8 IRAN
18 8 SINGAPORE
19 8 AUSTRIA

Final Standings: Villa de Madrid Individual Men’s Sabre

 

Rank  Last  First  Country
 1  CASARES  Fernando   ESP
 2  RESHETNIKOV  Veniamin   RUS
 3  LIMBACH  Nicolas   GER
 3  SZILAGYI  Aron   HUN
 5  OCCHIUZZI  Diego   ITA
 6   HOMER   Daryl    USA 
 7  APITHY  Bolade   FRA
 8  HARTUNG  Max   GER
 9  SAMELE  Luigi   ITA
 10  PILLET  Julien   FRA
 11  ZHONG  Man   CHN
 12  BUIKEVICH  Aliaksandr   BLR
 13  JIANG  Ke Lu   CHN
 14  HUEBNER  Bjoern   GER
 15  LIKHACHEUSKI  Aliaksei   BLR
 16  VAN HOLSBEKE  Seppe   BEL
 17  DOLNICEANU  Tiberiu   ROU
 18  YAGODKA  Andriy   UKR
 19  POLOSSIFAKIS  Joseph   CAN
 20  MIRACCO  Luigi   ITA
 21  BOYKO  Dmytro   UKR
 22  ANSTETT  Vincent   FRA
 23  SCEPI  Stefano   ITA
 24  IBRAGIMOV  Kamil   RUS
 25  SZABO  Matyas   GER
 26  DENG  Xiaohao   CHN
 27  BERRE’  Enrico   ITA
 28  PRYIEMKA  Valery   BLR
 29  BADEA  Alin   ROU
 30  SPEAR  Jeff   USA
 31  KLEBES  Johannes   GER
 32  GALL  Csaba Norbert   HUN
 33  WAGNER  Benedikt   GER
 34  MOREHOUSE  Timothy   USA
 35  SUN  Wei   CHN
 36  ROUSSET  Nicolas   FRA
 37  ZANIN  Artem   RUS
 38  SCHROEDTER  Robin   GER
 39  HUEBERS  Richard   GER
 40  BEAUDRY  Philippe   CAN
 41  GEMESI  Csanad   HUN
 42  SHACHANIN  Siarhei   BLR
 43  MUROLO  Massimiliano   ITA
 44  REGENT  Francois   FRA
 45  HONEYBONE  James   GBR
 46  CURATOLI  Luca   ITA
 47  BALOK  Maksim   RUS
 48  ILIASZ  Nikolasz   HUN
 49  GARCIA MIGUEL  Marco   ESP
 50  SHTURBABIN  Oleh   UKR
 51  GORDON  Shaul   CAN
 52  NUCCIO  Riccardo   ITA
 53  RUELLER  Lukas   GER
 54  LAM  Hin Chung   HKG
 55  GEMESI  Bence   HUN
 56  LIU  Xiao   CHN
 57  CRUTCHETT  Alexander   GBR
 58  GANS  Emmanuel   FRA
 59  IGOE  Benjamin   USA
 60  MEDARD  Julien   FRA
 61  MORENO  Pablo   ESP
 62  TEODOSIU  Iulian   ROU
 63  MIRAMON CHOY  Romain   FRA
 64  FOTOUHI  Mohammad   IRI
 65  CHEN  Taotao   CHN
 66  FOSCHINI  Gabriele   ITA
 66  SKRODZKI  Adam   POL
 68  CIARI  Marco   ITA
 69  SCHROEDTER  Sebastian   GER
 70  OCHOCKI  Aleksander   USA
 71  KONIUSZ  Marcin   POL
 72  LAMBOLEY  Benoit   FRA
 73  PROSKURA  Nikita   RUS
 74  WU  Jie   CHN
 75  COUTURIER  Vincent   CAN
 76  BOMKO  Ivan   UKR
 76  GALATANU  Ciprian   ROU
 78  NIKOLIC  Nikolai   AUT
 79  PEREDA  Fernando   ESP
 80  PUNDYK  Dmytro   UKR
 81  DECSI  Tamas   HUN
 82  KOSMAN  Michal   POL
 83  TANAKA  Shun   JPN
 84  AKULA  Mikhail   BLR
 85  SOUDERS  Peter   USA
 86  SCHWARZ  Gilbert   AUT
 87  PAKDAMAN  Ali   IRI
 88  ABEDINI  Mojtaba   IRI
 88  PELLEGRINI  Alberto   ITA
 90  TORCHUK  Oleksandr   UKR
 91  TERESHKIN  Ivan   RUS
 92  LAURENCE  Tristan   FRA
 93  WILLAU  Mathias   AUT
 94  PIGNOTTI  Luca   ITA
 95  ESCUDERO  Sergio   ESP
 96  LOW  Ho Tin   HKG
 97  BOTEZATU  Maxim   RUS
 98  MIYAYAMA  Ryo   JPN
 99  OLEJNIK  Daniel   POL
 100  CASANOVA  Lucas   ESP
 101  ABRAMOVICH  Aliaksandr   BLR
 102  KINDLER  Maximilian   GER
 103  VELIKIY  Trofim   RUS
 104  CLARKE  Michael   GBR
 105  BARRUYER  Philemon   FRA
 105  GANS  Baptiste   FRA
 107  BOBRAN  Cristian   ESP
 108  LOPEZ MENDEZ  Alvaro   ESP
 109  GALLI  Lukas   AUT
 110  KARABINSKI  Artsiom   BLR
 111  ROMANOVITCH  Alexei   BLR
 112  LEU  Clive Yi Yang   SIN
 113  MANCHENO  Guillermo   ESP
 114  SAVICH  Boris   RUS
 115  GONZALEZ QUINTANA  Jaime   ESP
 115  SERRAHIMA  Pepe   ESP
 117  GANN  Henry   GBR
 118  LU  Yi   CHN
 119  WACHSBERGER  Petr   CZE
 120  MAEDA  Shugo   JPN
 121  ADEL  Aly   EGY
 121  TAHERKHANI  Hamidreza   IRI
 123  DE LA FUENTE  Diego   ESP
 124  YAN  Hon Pan   HKG
 125  ESCUDERO  Jorge   ESP
 126  YOSHIDA  Kento   JPN
 127  PILASZEWICZ  Piotr   CAN
 128  VAZQUEZ  Miguel   ESP
 129  EMOND  Olivier   CAN
 130  WINIGER  Lothar   SUI
 131  CALVINO  Diego   ESP
 132  MULERO  Guido Eduardo   ARG
 132  WARD  Fraser   GBR
 134  PEROS  Mark   CAN
 135  AMR  Ahmed   EGY
 136  VELASCO  Javier   ESP
 137  DOLEZAL  Jan   CZE
 138  RUIZ  Tarik   CHI
 139  SARRIS  Evangelos   GRE
 140  CRUTCHETT  Anthony   GBR
 141  CHANG  Chi Hin Cyrus   HKG
 142  BREYNE  Servaas   BEL
 142  RONDON  Mayerwing   VEN
 144  PEREZ GARROTE  Raul   ESP
 145  MIRANDA  Ignacio Jose   ARG
 146  HOSCHNA  Jan   CZE
 147  MARTIN MARTIN  Hernan   ESP
 148  YEO  Joseph Zhi Qiang   SIN
 149  CHAN  David Wei Ren   SIN
 150  MORIYA  Kazunori   JPN
 151  RUIZ  Adrian   ESP
 151  VASQUEZ  Israel   CHI
 153  RATON  Sergio   ESP
 154  DEL VALLE  Daniel   ESP
 154  CHOY  Yu Yong   SIN
 156  CARRETERO  Javier   ESP
 156  ANDREU  Marc   ESP
 158  TSENG  Lin Fang   SIN
 159  MARTINEZ EGUIA  Pablo   ESP
 159  LUENGO  Fernando   ESP
 161  LOPEZ VELLON  Ignacio   ESP
 162  GRANDON FICA  Miguel Angel   CHI

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