Germany’s Benedikt Wagner earned men’s sabre gold at the European Fencing Championships in Toruń after winning a tightly fought final with France’s Vincent Anstett.
Wagner had been forced to hold his nerve on several occasions throughout the day, as he narrowly defeated Aliaksandr Buikevich of Belarus 15-13 in the quarter-finals, before edging out Russia’s Kamil Ibragimov 15-14 in the semi-final.
Anstett, who had defeated Russia’s Alexey Yakimenko 15-13 in his semi-final, was able to give Wagner another tough contest in the gold medal clash.
The German ultimately was able to battle to a 15-13 victory to finish top of the podium in the Polish city.
After their semi-final losses the Russian pair of Ibragimov and Yakimenko earned bronze medals, with the latter replicating his finishing positon from the 2015 Championships.
In the women’s epee competition, Simona Gherman prevailed in an all-Romanian gold medal clash with Ana Maria Popescu.
The 31-year-old, who last won the individual European title back in Legnano during 2012, emerged as a 9-5 winner in the final.
Poland’s Renata Knapik-Miazga earned the first bronze having lost 15-12 to the eventual winner in the semi-final, with Hungary’s Emese Szasz claiming the second minor medal after her 13-12 defeat to Popescu.
At the Pan American Championships in Panama City, the United States’ Kelley Hurley earned the epee title by beating Venezuela’s Maria Martinez 15-10 in the final.
Courtney Hurley earned bronze after losing to her sister in the semi-finals, with fellow American and Toronto 2015 Pan American Games champion Katharine Holmes also securing a podium spot.
World number one Alexander Massialas, who has won silver in four of the last five years, earned men’s foil gold with a 15-6 win over Mexico’s Daniel Gomez.
Massialas’ American team-mates Race Imboden and Miles Chamley-Watson both won bronze.