Waiting for Verona...in Plovdiv that was how it went
Young, strong, with a pass to the future of fencing. Last year Plovdiv chose its own male and female Champions for the Junior and Cadet categories before passing the torch to Verona. And while we await the great spectacle in that city, let's look back at what happened in Bulgaria. An event that gave Italy a total of twelve medals, of which two were gold and which we will relive in our account of it.
Only one gold medal for Italy, won by Davide Di Veroli in the men's épée event. A confirmation, for the strong Roman, who had already won the European Title a month earlier in Plovdiv. To complete Italy’s tally of medals in the Cadet category, there was the bronze medal won by Alessio Di Tommaso in the men's foil event.
As many as ten medals were instead brought home by the Under-20 Category. Here again, as for the Cadets, only one gold medal was won in the men's épée event: all the credit goes to the quartet made up of Federico Vismara, Valerio Cuomo, Gianpaolo Buzzacchino and Cosimo Martini, which defeated Poland in the final, repeating its victory of the previous year in Bourges. The épéeists also did very well in the individual event, with Valerio Cuomo's silver and Cosimo Martini's bronze. Their female colleagues did equally well, with Federica Isola who came third in the final in the individual event before winning, together with her teammates (Alessandra Bozza, Beatrice Cagnin and Eleonora De Marchi), the silver medal in the team event. And, on the subject of competitions and teams, worthy of note is the double silver in the sabre event: both for the female team (Michela Battiston, Chiara Crovari, Lucia Lucarini, Eloisa Passaro) and the male team (Gherardo Caranti, Dario Cavaliere, Leonardo Dreossi, Matteo Neri), in fact, they were beaten in the final by Russia at the end of a series of high quality contests. To complete the Italian medal tally in previous World Championships, there were also Serena Rossini's fine silver medal and the bronze won by Guillaume Bianchi who with his third place in the world championships, took his leave of the Junior category, ready to take his place among the “seniors”.