The Russian team have an excuse to smile tonight as they qualified all their athletes in good fashion. They will be most pleased with their double Olympic Champion Andrei Moiseev qualifying for his only 2nd final in the past 12 months and World #1 Aleksander Lesun made up for his poor performance at World Cup #1 which saw him miss out on the final. Current World Champion Serguei Karyakin and 2008 World Champion Ilia Frolov both looked extremely strong and will be pushing for a medal come Sunday.
The local crowd had a great day today with the Italian team qualifying 3 men into the final, which were Ricardo De Luca, Nicola Benedetti and Auro Franceschini who will be looking to more support on Sunday to push them that extra mile.
The Chinese team also had a good day, qualifying 3 athletes Zhongrong Cao, Yunqi Xu and Jianli Guo who have obviously taken a liking to the Italian sun.
The final is set to be extremely strong as the 12 World Ranked athletes all booking their place. In addition to the Russians, Chinese and Italians, Adam Marosi (HUN), David Svoboda (CZE) and Justinas Kinderis (LTU) all looked very impressive today and will be in the mix in the final.
Stay tuned for the Women’s final tomorrow!