The international tournament in Dubai gathered part of the world fencing elite – we were also there on December 15, the Dubai International epee cup, for boys and girls up to 15 years of age
The performance of the fencers Joanna Ermenkova and Stefan Zafirov was brilliant, who came to the finals after an excellent bout in the groups and won three eliminations. In the final stand they were decorated with silver and were waving the Bulgarian flag on the honorable ladder!
Excellent work and great results for our young talents!
9-year-old Timothy Ermenkov was the smallest player in the tournament and impressed everyone with his hearty game.
The next day, the Dubai International epee cup for men and women with world stars was held: Ana Maria Popescu-Romania Olympic Medalist, Ines Boubakri-Tunis, World Ranking Judge Julia Belyava-Estonia, twice World Champion Nikolay Novoselov-Estonia, Sten Prince-Estonia, Eduardo Munzone-Italy, Elmir Alimzhanov-Kazakhstan, Mikhail Belozerov-Russia and Olympic Champion Ruben Limardo-Venezuela.
Head to head with them were our fencers Ivan Zafirov, Deyan Dobrev, Kiril Marinov, Yoanna Ermenkova.
The tournament was secured with a prize pool and wonderful conditions. The atmosphere created by the organizers MKFA was extremely positive and friendly.
The number of men participating was 43. Ivan Zafirov took 6th place and Kiril Marinov finished in 8th place.
Deyan Dobrev won one elimination and in the final standings took 16 place.
29 female contestants were fencing, and Yoanna Ermenkova ranked 12th at the end.
The unbelievable experience of the Bulgarian fencers was expressed not only in the two victorious titles won in the children under 15, the opportunity to play with the world elite in men and women, but also with the wonderful attitude and support of the organizers from MKFA in the face of Mihail Kusev Ivan Todorov and Martin Stoev to us, for which we thank from the bottom of heart!