Nadasdy, Waddell triumph in sabre and foil at under 23s Worlds


Hungary’s Anna Nadasdy and Great Britain’s Josh Waddell triumphed in the women’s sabre and men’s foil respectively at the 2024 Under 23s World Championships in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Monday (22 April).

The wins were the pairs latest golds with Nadasdy retaining her title from 2023. Waddell meanwhile added to his epee victory and improved on his foil bronze from last year.

The British fencer faced Hong Kong, China’s, Sean Glass in the final.

Glass came with his own pedigree in the weapon, having claimed bronze in the under 17s at the 2019 junior World Championships.

But Waddell had the edge on Monday, beating him 15-6, despite some issues with delays in travel and his equipment arriving.

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“Every competition poses different challenges. I had quite a challenging build-up to this competition but just to be able to overcome the new situations this competition provides is really, really good” Waddell said.

“But it was great to see how I could adapt to see how I could adapt to the situation. Personally that’s what I think all competition is about, how you adapt so I’m very pleased that I was able to adapt. Of course it wasn’t the perfect performance so there’s still stuff that I’m going to takeaway from the learning for the next one.

“It feels great. We work a lot so to have it pay off is great to see. But again it’s one competition, tomorrow is a new day so I’ll try to ground myself and go into the next.”

Glass will also be pleased with his silver in a top-class field. Clemens Cursiefen could not quite repeat his gold-medal winning performance from Sunday (21 April) in the sabre, but another podium finish of bronze for the youngster is a very good sign for the German team.

Similarly Phoopa Sim-Sae’s bronze bodes well for Thailand’s future in wheelchair fencing.

In the women’s 18-year-old Anna Nadasdy remained the one to beat in the women’s foil. The Hungarian stunned the field on her major international debut in 2022, claiming gold in the sabre and foil and repeated that performance in 2023.

Nadasdy added her third consecutive sabre title on Monday against Thailand’s Aphinya Thongdaeng in a repeat of the final from last year.

South Korea’s Hyo Kyeong Kwon added to her epee win from Sunday with bronze, sharing third spot with her teammate Yejin Jo.

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The 2024 Under 23s World Championships conclude on Tuesday with the men’s epee and women’s foil.

The 2024 Wheelchair Fencing Asian and Oceanian Championships then get underway on 24 April as fencers from across the regions go for medals and qualification points for Paris 2024.

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