Elizabeth Kocab (second from left) won her third Veteran World title in Hungary. Photo Credit: Tyler Jacobson
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Elizabeth Kocab (Farmington Hills, Mich.) and Catherine Radle (Atlanta, Ga.) won Team USA’s first medals of the Veteran World Championships in Debrecen, Hungary on Wednesday.
Fencing in the 60-69 women’s epee event, Kocab won her third Veteran World Championship title. Kocab is now one of just four U.S. fencers ever to win three Vet World golds and the only epee fencer to have achieved the feat.
Kocab, who won her first two Veteran World titles in 2011 and 2013, came out of the pools as the top seed after holding four of her five opponents to one touch each.
After a bye into the table of 32, Kocab defeated five-time Vet World Team member Anna Telles (Seattle, Wash.), 10-4.
Kocab shut out three-time Veteran World medalist Silvia Earl (GBR), 10-0, in the quarters and won her semifinal, 10-7, over Ibolya Hoffmann (HUN).
In the gold medal final, Kocab fenced Marja-Liisa Someroja (FIN) in a rematch of their 2013 semi.
Kocab scored first late in the opening minute and a passivity call was awarded when neither athlete posted a touch during the following minute.
The bout advanced directly to the second and final period. Kocab scored again 54 seconds into the period, but Someroja answered with two singles to tie the bout.
In an action-packed final minute, Kocab scored eight touches in 39 seconds to win the bout, 10-5.
Six-time Veteran World medalist Diane Kallus (Round Rock, Texas) won her first direct elimination bout in the 60-69 epee event by a score of 10-4, against Sania Yakovleva (RUS), but lost in the 16 to Hoffmann, 10-6.
Jann Ream (Iowa City, Iowa), a 2004 Vet World bronze medalist, came one pool bout short of qualifying for the table of 32, but was eliminated with a 1-4 record.
Fencing in the +70 women’s epee event, Radle arrived in Hungary with just one appearance at a past Vet Worlds to her credit, but she made a statement with her bronze medal finish.
Radle defeated six-time Veteran World medalist Barbel Gorius (GER), 10-8, to advance to the semifinals where she would face Brigitte Greunke (GER) – a legend in the sport who has won 17 Veteran World medals across all three weapons, including 12 golds.
Radle lost the bout, 10-5, and finished the day with a bronze medal.
Seventeen-time Veteran World Team member Patricia Bedrosian (Malibu, Calif.) defeated Marie Jose Thaly Dupont (FRA), 10-6, in the table of 16, but lost to seven-time Veteran World medalist Brigitte Martin (FRA), 10-8.
Bettie Graham (Washington, D.C.), a 2011 Veteran World medalist, missed a chance to return to the podium when she was eliminated after the pool rounds. First-time team member Sally Higgins (Tinton Falls, N.J.) also missed the cut.
Robert Pavlovich (Manhassett, N.Y.) placed fifth in the 50-59 foil event at his second Vet Worlds.
Pavlovich went undefeated in the pools and earned a bye into the table of 32 as the fourth seed.
After a 10-4 win against Vasily Mishagin (RUS), Pavlovich defeated 2013 Vet World bronze medalist Francois DeBrand (FRA), 10-2.
With a medal on the line, Pavlovich fenced Peter Marduchajew (GER) in the quarters, but lost the bout, 10-6.
Jamie Douraghy (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Julio Diaz (Lilburn, Ga.) were both eliminated in the table of 64 after Douraghy lost to Giacomo Guarnera (BRA), 10-5, and Diaz lost to 2012 Vet World medalist Christian Dousse (SUI), 10-7.
Ray Sexton III (Round Rock, Texas) fenced in the +70 foil competition on Tuesday and returned to the strip less than 24 hours later for the saber event.
The 10-time Vet World medalist came out of the pools as the fourth seed and earned a bye into the table of 16 where he defeated Alain Sarfati (FRA), 10-4.
Sexton lost his next bout to eventual silver medalist Hanns Prechtl (GER), 10-4, and finished sixth overall.
Victor Bianchini (San Diego, Calif.) also advanced to the table of 32, but lost his bout against 2013 Vet World medalist Ferdinando Capelli (ITA), 10-8.
Lucas Dobrzanski (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Thomas Fischer (Raytown, Mo.) were both eliminated in the pool rounds.
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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Veteran 60-69 Women’s Epee World Championships
1. Elizabeth Kocab (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
2. Marja-Lisa Someroja (FIN)
3. Ibolya Hoffmann (HUN)
3. Annick Martin (FRA)
5. Eliane Guillaud (FRA)
6. Brigitte Delacour (FRA)
7. Iris Gardini (ITA)
8. Silvia Earl (GBR)
12. Diane Kallus (Round Rock, Texas)
14. Anna Telles (Seattle, Wash.)
25. Jann Ream (Iowa City, Iowa)
Veteran +70 Women’s Epee World Championships
1. Marie-Chantal Demaille (FRA)
2. Brigitte Greunke (GER)
3. Brigitte Martin (FRA)
3. Catherine Radle (Atlanta, Ga.)
5. Marianne Hem Pelmann (GER)
6. Barbel Gorius (GER)
7. Carole Seheult (GBR)
8. Patricia Bedrosian (Malibu, Calif.)
14. Bettie Graham (Washington, D.C.)
15. Sally Higgins (Tinton Falls, N.J.)
Veteran Men’s 50-59 Foil World Championships
1. Robert Blaschka (AUT)
2. Udo Jacoby (GER)
3. Attila Csak (HUN)
3. Peter Marduchajew (GER)
5. Robert Pavlovich (Manhasset, N.Y.)
6. Anthony Barlett (GBR)
7. Daniele Giannini (ITA)
8. Christian Dousse (SUI)
33. Jamie Douraghy (Los Angeles, Calif.)
35. Julio Diaz (Lilburn, Ga.)
Veteran Men’s +70 Saber World Championships
1. Vasyl Schubert (UKR)
2. Hanns Prechtl (GER)
3. Malcolm Cawton (GBR)
3. William Osbaldeston (GBR)
5. Jean Paul Spertini (FRA)
6. Ray Sexton III (Round Rock, Texas)
7. Peter Baron (GBR)
8. Gary Sudran (AUS)
20. Victor Bianchini (San Diego, Calif.)
29. Lucas Dobrzanski (Bakersfield, Calif.)
30. Thomas Fischer (Raytown, Mo.)