Ekaterina Khuraskina, one of the host country’s leading lights, was very assured in this discipline and although she was on the receiving end of some stern words from her coach after a couple of early defeats, the Russian, despite issues with her equipment, put in a series of quality perfromances to finish with 1000points.
Khuraskina told us, “It was a good fence for me. I had trouble in the middle because the handle of my epée was broken but I am happy to come second. Fencing means nothing, there is still three events to go so you can never know”.
Great Britain’s Mhairi Spence, who is finding some form after a sluggish start to the season, finished third in the fence and will be pleased with her performance.
World No.1 Laura Asadauskaite from Lithuania was fourth as Latvia’s Elena Rublevska placed fifth with Brazilian 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist coming in sixth position.
After the Hungarian team’s plane had to reroute to land at another airport due to fog last night, leaving the athletes to take a bus for 8h to get to Nizhny Novgorod and having to compete with just two hours of sleep, Leila Gyenesei and Krisztina Cseh will have been pleased with their performances in the morning fence. They finished twelfth and sixteenth respectively with points, keeping them in the top half of the table before the swim.