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World Cup, mission accomplished for the Italian sabre fencers: all of Italy's teams have qualified for Paris


The last stage of Olympic qualification for the men's sabre national team closed with a smile.

The quartet of Luigi Samele, Luca Curatoli, Pietro Torre and Michele Gallo, who were competing in the World Cup on the Budapest (Hungary) pistes, managed to win the ticket for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Italy’s (photo FIS) path in the team competition began with a commanding 45-33 triumph over China, only to be halted in the quarter-finals by the United States, who clinched the victory with a score of 45-39.

For coach Nicola Zanotti's boys, the subsequent elimination of Germany in the semifinals, beaten 45-39 by South Korea, was decisive, allowing the Italian team to consolidate its status as the best European nation behind the top four teams in the world ranking.

Italian fencing has achieved a clean sweep in Olympic qualifications, securing spots for the foil teams, as well as those of epee and sabre for women. Just like in Tokyo 2020, they'll be heading to the French capital with all six of their representatives.

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