Italy beat France to win the team event ©FIE

Italy claimed the team title with victory over France as the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Men's Sabre World Cup event in Warsaw drew to a close today.

The Italian side battled to a tense 45-44 win in the final to end the competition in style at the Polish Olympic Committee headquarters.

France were forced to settle for the silver medal following their narrow defeat to the Italians, who finished second behind South Korea in the team sabre event at last year's World Championships in Wuxi.

Italy earned a more comfortable victory in the semi-final as they dispatched opponents Hungary 45-37.

The team event brought the World Cup in Warsaw to a close ©Twitter
The team event brought the World Cup in Warsaw to a close ©Twitter

France progressed to the showpiece contest in the Polish capital with a 45-38 win against Russia.

The Hungarian and Russian teams finished with bronze medals following their losses to Italy and France respectively.

Reigning world champions South Korea endured a difficult outing as they could manage only fifth place.

South Korea were beaten 45-42 by eventual silver medallists France in the quarter-finals.

The next Sabre FIE World Cup is due to be held in Athens on March 8 to 9, with a women's individual and team event on the schedule.