Colombia's Juliana Pineda Valencia successfully navigated her way through women's foil qualification today to earn a last-64 meeting with world number one and defending champion Alice Volpi of Italy at the World Fencing Championships in Budapest.
Pineda Valencia initially progressed from Pool 10 before defeating Peru's Kusi Rosales and Spain's Maria Marino 15-12 in the knockout rounds at the Hungarian capital's SYMA Sports and Conference Centre.
Her reward is an encounter with Volpi, who topped the podium at last year's edition of the World Championships in Wuxi in China.
Russia's reigning Olympic champion Inna Deriglazova, the second seed behind Volpi, also learned her last-64 opponent with Romania's Maria Boldor having earned the right to face her.
In the men’s épée event, Hong Kong's Ng Ho Tin came through qualification to set up a clash with world number one Kazuyasu Minobe of Japan.
Italy's Marco Fichera, meanwhile, will take on France's defending world champion Yannick Borel, the world number two.
The final round of both events is due to take place on Friday (July 19).
Action is scheduled to continue tomorrow with qualification in the men’s foil and women’s sabre competitions.