The first day of the European Zonal Qualifiers saw quotas awarded in three events. Only unqualified nations were allowed to compete where the winner of each event was given a quota to compete at the games. Each event consisted of a pool round where athletes were then seeded into a single elimination bracket. The European Zonal Qualifiers is currently being held in Madrid, Spain from April 24th to April 25th 2021.
The women’s individual epee saw very few seeding upsets as the top four all advanced to the semi-finals. The event was won by top seed Olena Kryvytska of Ukraine whom defeated Germany’s Alexandra Ndolo 15-12 in the final. Kryvytska is the 2019 World Championships bronze medalist.
The men’s individual foil had a few more seeding upsets, but in the end the top seed, the Czech Republic’s Alexander Choupenitch reigned supreme as he defeated third seed Alex Tofalides of Cyprus 15-6 in the final.
The top seeds went 3/3 today with Romania’s Iulian Teodosiu’s victory in the men’s individual sabre. He defeated Ukraine’s Andriy Yagodka 15-11 in the final.
This was the final opportunity for European nations to qualify in these events. The remaining individual events will have their quotas decided tomorrow as the European zonal qualifiers continues.
Women’s Individual Epee
Men’s Individual Foil
* Czech Republic
Men’s Individual Sabre