France’s Mallo-Breton, Japan’s Kano Win Cali Women’s and Men’s Epee Grand Prix

CALI, Colombia, May 3-5, 2024 – France’s Auriane Mallo-Breton and Japan’s Koki Kano won gold medals at the Cali Women’s and Men’s Epee Grand Prix. The event took place at the Coliseum El Pueblo Cali, with 143 women and 162 men participating in the competition.

Mallo-Breton faced Italy’s Giulia Rizzi in the final bout of women’s individual epee, winning with a 15-14 score. In the semifinal round, Rizzi won against Brazil’s world champion Nathalie Moellhausen, 15-9, while Mallo-Breton defeated Italy’s Federica Isola, 15-14. Of note, in the round of 16, Mallo-Breton beat Korea’s world champion Sera Song, 14-13, and in the round of 32, Poland’s Martyna Swatowska-Wenglarczyk won against Italy’s two-time world champion Rossella Fiamingo, 15-14, and Ukraine’s Dzhoan Feybi Bezhura defeated France’s world champion Marie-Florence Candassamy, 12-11.

Kano faced Hungary’s world champion Gergely Siklosi in the final bout of men’s individual epee, winning with a 15-8 score. In the semifinal round, Siklosi won against Egypt’s Mohamed Nada Saleh, 15-5, while Kano defeated Hungary’s world champion Mate Tamas Koch, 15-8. Of note, in the quarterfinals, Nada Saleh beat France’s world champion Yannick Borel, 15-14; in the round of 16, Kano won against Venezuela’s Olympic champion Ruben Limardo Gascon, 9-8; and in the round of 32, Korea’s Minseong Son defeated France’s Olympic and world champion Romain Cannone, 15-14.

Final rankings in women’s individual epee included Auriane Mallo-Breton (FRA, gold), Giulia Rizzi (ITA, silver), Federica Isola (ITA, bronze), Nathalie Moellhausen (BRA, bronze), Nelli Differt (EST), Isabel Di Tella (ARG), Erika Kirpu (EST) and Chen Chen (CHN).

Final rankings in men’s individual epee included Koki Kano (JPN, gold), Gergely Siklosi (HUN, silver), Mate Tamas Koch (HUN, bronze), Mohamed Nada Saleh (EGY, bronze), Yannick Borel (FRA), Akira Komata (JPN), Tibor Andrasfi (HUN) and Samuel Imrek (USA).

Complete and official results for this event may be found here on the FIE web site. For more exciting world fencing news and features, check out the YouTube FIE Fencing Channel.

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