All the world’s top names in men’s and women’s epee will be in Algiers on November 9-12 for the first World Cup of the year. Greece will be represented by Dora Gountoura (AO Ariston Paanias), Despina Georgiadou (PAO), Marina Paizi (AS Victoria) and Clairi Benou (AO Ariston Paanias) both in the individual tournament (9-11/11) and in the team tournament (12/11).
Paizi and Benou will make the start in the qualifying board on Thursday. The goal of the two athletes is to qualify for the main table of the “64”, which they can achieve in two ways, either by being in the best 16 of the pool phase in the qualifying table, or by scoring two consecutive victories in the “knock out” phase of the qualifying board.
Gundoura and Georgiadou, due to the places they occupy in the world ranking, have secured direct qualification to the main draw of the “64” which will be held on Friday. The two fencers are among the best in the world and their goal in Algiers is to get as many points as possible so they can be in Paris in the summer of 2024.
At the moment Gundura is No. 3 in the world ranking with 214 points and No. 3 in the informal Olympic ranking (events after 01/04/2023 count) with 132 points.
Georgiadou, on the other hand, is No. 4 in the world ranking with 209 points and No. 6 in the informal Olympic ranking with 86 points.
Next Saturday there will be no Greek participation in the individual men’s saber, while next Sunday the Greek foursome of women will fight in the team with the initial goal of entering the eight.
The saber team is ranked No. 12 in the world with 184 points (which Germany also has at No. 11) and No. 12 in the informal Olympic ranking with 101 points.
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