Russia beat Italy 43-42 in a dramatic women’s team foil final on the penultimate day of the World Fencing Championships in Budapest.
Reigning Olympic and world champion Inna Deriglazova scored the decisive point against Elisa Di Francisca in a priority minute at the Hungarian capital's SYMA Sports and Conference Centre, securing her country a fifth global crown in the event.
It followed a 42-42 draw across the nine legs.
Deriglazova’s team-mates in the final were Adelina Zagidullina and Anastasiia Ivanova, while Larisa Korobeynikova also contributed to the triumph.
Alice Volpi, the 2018 world champion, and Arianna Errigo completed Italy’s line-up for the final, with Francesca Palumbo their other team member.
Last year's winners the United States defeated 2018 bronze medallists France 45-43 in the third-place playoff.
In the men’s team épée final, France’s Yannick Borel, Ronan Gustin and Daniel Jérent overcame Ukraine’s Anatolii Herey, Bogdan Nikishin and Roman Svichkar.
With the match tied at 35-35 going into the ninth and final leg, 2018 world champion Borel produced a masterclass to beat Herey 10-2 and seal a 45-37 victory.
Alexandre Bardenet and Igor Reizlin rounded off the French and Ukrainian teams, respectively.
The bronze medal match saw last year’s champions Switzerland defeat China 45-35.
Action is due to conclude tomorrow.
Medals will be awarded in the men’s team foil and women’s team sabre events.