A flurry of international competitions with Brazil on the track. This is how the Brazilian fencing weekend will be. Starting this Friday (14), 17 athletes from Brazil – from national stars to young promises – will be involved in five simultaneous competitions in tournaments across Europe, which include editions of the Foil and Saber World Cup and a European Cadet Circuit. of Sword. All championships end on Sunday (16).
In the women’s foil, Bia Bulcão, Talia Calazans and Rafaella Gomes are in Poznan, Poland, to compete individually and collectively in the Gun World Cup. The first made a good participation in the last challenge she had on the track at the World Cup, held in Saint-Maur, France, in which she passed the jump and reached the frame of 64.
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“It’s a different competition, as many came from a break due to the holiday season. I’m thinking about playing, enjoying my moment on the track and being able to do my best. I’m going with the same idea that I had in the Saint-Maur race, I’m going to try to be with the same feeling and feeling of combat there. That’s what I want”, assured the Brazilian.
On the other hand, the Men’s Foil World Cup will be played in Paris, the French capital. The tournament will have the presence of the Brazilian who was at the Tokyo Olympics last year: Guilherme Toldo. The athlete, who will be joined by Henrique Marques, Kevin Lima and Paulo Morais, celebrated the event and says he feels good about the competitions he will have in France.
“It will be a cool competition, the first of the year in the return to international disputes. Unfortunately, they canceled two men’s foil events, so it will be a very interesting time to get back on track”, said Toldo.
“I’m feeling good, I’m back to strong preparation after the Olympics. Like every beginning of the cycle, there are changes and renewals, that’s what I did in my program. The championship will be my first test. I’m confident,” he added.
As with the foil, the saber will also have individual and team disputes and the two suits contemplated, however the headquarters will be the same for both genres: Tbilisi, Georgia. In the women’s, Brazil will be represented by Pietra Chierighini – who came from a silver medal in the Junior Pan American Games, in Cali, Colombia, won last month -, Giulia Gasparin, Luiza Lee, Luana Pekelman and Karina Trois.
In the men’s, the country will have Henrique Garrigós, Enrico Pezzi and Bruno Pekelman. The latter said that his preparation for the race began with the rest period he had at the end of the year. After New Year’s Eve, the athlete has already headed to Georgia to carry out a training internship in the host city of the Saber World Cup.
“2021 was a very intense year, so in the period between Christmas and New Year, I decided to rest so that I could start 2022 with more quality. In early January, I traveled to Georgia to participate in a training internship with athletes from different countries. Without a doubt, it was an intense week, but it provided me with good experiences for the World Cup”, said Bruno Pekelman.
The fencer admitted that he still feels like an evolving athlete and that his main objective is to be in the Top 64 of the tournament: “I still consider myself developing on the international circuit. My goal for the World Cups this year is to rank among the top 64 in the competition. The process of evolution in fencing is slow, but I always try to stay optimistic and go up one step at a time”.
Brazil will also have youth athletes in action. In Bratislava, Slovakia, Daniel Coste and Ginevra Giordano – who had a good Junior Sword World Cup last week in Udine, Italy – go to dispute the European Cadet Circuit Sword.