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Francesca Russo Places Eighth at Sosnowiec Junior Saber World Cup

11/22/2011, 4:02am CST
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(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.) earned her third straight top-eight international finish of the season on Saturday when she placed eighth at the Sosnowiec Junior Saber World Cup in Poland.

Following top-eight finishes in October at the Konin and Godollo Cadet European Cups, Russo’s eighth place result was the best placing at a European Junior World Cup ever for the 16-year-old.

After a 4-2 finish in the pools, the 2011 Junior and Cadet World Team member entered the table of 128 with a 25th seed.

Russo earned a bye into the 64 and then won her next three bouts against Lisa Freudenberger (GER), 15-11; Benedetta Baldini (ITA), 15-11; and Alina Komashchuk (RUS), 15-10.

In the quarter-finals, Russo lost to Tatiana Sukhova (RUS), 15-8, to finish eighth overall.

Competition continued on Sunday when the men’s event was held.

Bartosz Pukal (Evanston, Ill.) rebounded from a 3-3 result in the pools to finish 32nd at his first Junior World Cup.

Seeded 73rd after the pools, Pukal defeated U.S. teammate John Hallsten (Sacramento, Calif.), 15-13, in the table of 128.

In the table of 64, Pukal defeated Nikita Li (RUS), 15-9, but lost to eventual bronze medalist Kamil Ibragimov (RUS), 15-9, in the table of 32.

Click here to view complete women’s results.

Click here to view complete men’s results.

Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:

Women’s Individual Saber
1. Yana Egorian (RUS)
2. Camilla Fondi (ITA)
3. Anna Marton (HUN)
3. Tatiana Sukhova (RUS)
5. Mariya Ridel (RUS)
6. Irina Matveeva (RUS)
7. Olena Kravatska (UKR)
8. Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.)

18. Sage Palmedo (Portland, Ore.)
21. Margaret McDonald (Atlanta, Ga.)
23. Celina Merza (Wayne, N.J.)
27. Lena Johnson (Peachtree City, Ga.)
30. Skyla Powers (Atlanta, Ga.)
40. Nicole Glon (State College)
54. Erica Zhao (Plano, Texas)
56. Allison Lee (Saddle River, N.J.)
61. Claudia Kulmacz (Upper Saddle River, N.J.)
83. Anastasia Pineschi (Los Angeles, N.J.)

Men’s Individual Saber
1. Maximilian Kindler (GER)
2. Andras Szatmari (HUN)
3. Kamil Ibragimov (RUS)
3. Alessandro Riccardi (ITA)
5. Ivan Tereshkin (RUS)
6. Emmanuel Gans (FRA)
7. Pierfrancesco Albanese (ITA)
8. Tristan Laurence (FRA)

32. Bartosz Pukal (Evanston, Ill.)
35. Michael Josephs (Chevy Chase, Md.)
40. Isaac Buchwald (El Granada, Calif.)
46. Peter Pak (Roslyn, N.Y.)
67. Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif.)
73. Geoffrey Loss (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
75. John Hallsten (Sacramento, Calif.)
76. Will Spear (Wyantskill, N.Y.)
78. Daniel Kim (Upper Saddle River, N.J.)
101. Steven Yang (Lake Mary, Fla.)
102. Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.)
102. Duncan O’Brien (Wellesley Hills, Mass.)

For more information, contact Nicole Jomantas, USA Fencing Communications Manager, at 719.761.7909 or


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