Kristina Kuusk was successful in Cairo

Among the 16 strongest, En Garde swordsman Kristina Kuusk (right) defeated teammate Erika Kirput. Photo: FIE
Among the 16 strongest, En Garde swordsman Kristina Kuusk (right) defeated teammate Erika Kirput. Photo: FIE

Kristina Kuusk fought for the second time in the quarterfinals of the World Cup GP this year. At the beginning of March, he was able to do it in Budapest and now on Sunday in Cairo.

At the Cairo GP stage, Kuusk met Sera Song, a South Korean woman among the eight strongest. Kuusk was the most trying side from the start of the match, but Song took the lead 4-0 in the counterattacks. Two simultaneous stabs followed – 2: 6. Kuusk pushed forward, but Song waited as he expected, snapping points at the counterattack. The situation at 6:10 was followed by two rebounds, then Kuus managed to make one miss at 9:12. However, the match ended in three simultaneous stabs and Song won 15:12.

A total of eight simultaneous stabs were made in the match, but the persistent Korean woman laid the groundwork for success at the outset and Kuusk was unable to unlock it. He was placed in seventh place in the final minutes, which is still a success.

Kuusk started qualifying for the Cairo tournament, where he won five times. In the first round of the main event, he defeated Georgia’s Ariina Kornejeva 15: 9, followed by Italy’s Federica Isola 10: 9 in extra time. Among the 16 strongest, he met his teammate Erika Kirpu. Kuusk was able to take the lead at the beginning with a couple of stabs, and he no longer lost that success – 15:11.

Thanks to a high ranking, Nelli Differt made it to the main event like Kirpugi. In the first match, he defeated the German Alexandra Ehler 15:10, then the French Aliya Lutty 15:12. Among the 16 strongest, he met Korean Injeong Choi. From 3: 3, the opponent went his own way and won 15: 7. Thus, the representatives of South Korea, who remembered to belong to the silver Olympic community last summer, became fatal for the good women of Haapsalu this time. The Estonian women won the gold medal at that time.

However, Choi won the individual tournament in the Cairo GP, defeating the Frenchman Auriane Mallo 15:14 in the final.

Among the Estonian fencers, Irina Embrich also took part, who, in addition to six wins in the qualifying tournament, forced the Italian Giulia Rizzi 15: 8 to surrender in the opening round of the main tournament. However, the hardware of our team could not advance from the second round. Veronika Zuikova did not make it to the main event.

Katrina Lehis, the number one in the world rankings, did not fly to Cairo, as she has now decided to focus on training. Thanks to Kuuse’s successful tournament, access to Estonia’s four-member national team is becoming increasingly tense. Olympic winner Julia Belyaeva will be the mother in the summer, but promises to be back on the fencing track already in the autumn.

Estonian rankings: 1. Lehis 385, 2. Differt 367, 3. Kirpu 267, 4. Kuusk 248, 5. Embrich 209. According to the rules, Kaido Kaaberma, the three best and one of the fencing head coaches, will have access to the June European Championships and the July World Championships. option. There are still MK stages ahead in Saudi Arabia and Poland.

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