Sabrina Massialas and Ivan Ilin win first two fencing golds
Cadet World Championships runner-up Sabrina Massialas (USA) claimed gold in the women's foil, while Ivan Ilin (RUS) again dominated the men's sabre event to add the Youth Olympic title to his recent cadet world crown.
Massialas, who took silver at the last two Cadet World Championships, finally claimed a gold, thrusting her final lunge to hit Karin Miyawaki (JPN) for a 7-6 win in overtime of a nail-biting bout.
“I'm speechless, it hasn't really hit me yet. I screamed so much I have no voice,” Massialas said. “It gives me a whole bunch of new inspiration and motivation for the next steps. We were 6-6. I've been in many high-stress situations and I know if I work for one touch I'll make it.”
Massialas, who is coached by her father Greg, himself a three-time Olympian, improved on her brother Alex's silver medal at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, to strengthen her family's legacy.
“I started the day kind of slow. The Youth Olympic Games were getting to me. I had no fire in me, no fight in me. Afterwards my dad said, ‘You've got to fight, be aggressive, be mean.’ I got myself into the zone,” she explained.
Miyawaki said: “I wanted the gold, I'm a little disappointed. In April [at the Cadet World Championships] it was the same situation [against Massialas in overtime]. I made an attack and she touched me, so this time I focused on being defensive. I wanted revenge.”
Cadet World Championships bronze medallists Claudia Borella (ITA) and Flora Pasztor (HUN) fell at the quarter-final stage. Number seven seed Miyawaki defeated the number four seed from Italy 15-11, while the Hungarian third seed lost 15-9 to number two seed Massialas.
Marta Martyanova (RUS), the cadet world champion and number one seed, was beaten by Miyawaki in their semi-final bout. “I didn't perform well and I will try harder in the future. Practice and practice,” Martyanova said. “I didn't win any medal today so of course I'm kind of depressed.”
In the men's sabre, the number three seed Karol Metryka (USA) and number four seed Tudor Cocu (ROU) fell in the round of 16. Metryka, the Cadet World Championships bronze medallist, was beaten by number seven seed Nika Shengelia (GEO), while cadet world number 29 Mostafa Ayman (EGY) produced a shock by beating the Romanian 15-14.
Cadet World Championships silver medallist Marios Giakoumatis (GRE) was knocked out in the quarter-finals by number eight seed Yan Yinghui (CHN). Yan went on to take a second fencing bronze for the host nation, winning 15-11 over surprise package Fares Ferjani (TUN), who is ranked 27th in the world.
“I'm very happy with my result. With my coach we hadn't set high goals, we just took these Games as training, so I didn't have to face any pressure,” Yan said.
World number one Ilin stormed through the rounds and finished with a gold medal around his neck after his 15-7 win over Kim Dongju (KOR). “It feels good to win another gold,” said Ilin. “I think I deserve this since I trained really hard for it and really wanted to achieve it.”