The Soviet team beat West Germany eight-five in the men's epee team event after a thrilling struggle, in the World Fencing Championships in Melbourne Australian on Wednesday (28 August).
The Soviet team beat West Germany eight-five in the men's epee team event after a thrilling struggle, in the World Fencing Championships in Melbourne Australian on Wednesday (28 August). This brought to six, the number of gold medals collected the U.S.S.R. competitors at this ten-days competition. They missed only two gold medals -- the Women's Foil title, won by West Germany's Cornelia Hanisch although the Soviet Union took the Silver, and the Men's Individual Epee title, won by Frenchman Phillippe Riboud.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviets stamped their claim on the World Fencing Titles at Monash University from the opening event, and ended the contest on the same winning note, on Tuesday (28 August). After they had taken the first three bouts, West German Alexander Pusch fenced his way to a draw with Soviet star Achot Karagian.
When the score was seven-four to the soviet Union Putch kept West Germany's chances alive by defeating star player Alexander Abouch Akhmetov.
Putch scored quickly after the 'en garde' to win the bout five-three.
However, the Germans now needed to win the next three bouts to take the title. Soviet Karagian advanced on Elmar Borrmann and tied the bout two-all.
Then with the score at three-two for Karagian ducks the point, as the seconds tick by.
With only seconds to go Borrmann attacks Karagian rapidly across the field of play, with a final lunge that takes him out of the field. With time expired, Karagian is the victor.
The winning Soviet Epee Team join their other victorious countrymen in Carrying most of the spoils from this year's championships.