1989 World Fencing Championships

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1989 World Championships in Fencing
Host city United States Denver, United States
Date(s) July 5–15

The 1989 World Fencing Championships were held in Denver, United States from July 5 to July 15.


The United States applied to organise World Fencing Championships as soon as the 1986 congress of the International Fencing Federation (FIE). They maintained their request the year after, suggesting Cleveland or Indianapolis as hosts. The latter was chosen, but withdrew three months before the event. Denver put itself forward as replacement.[1]

The competition was marred by several incidents involving the directoire technique. For instance, Bulgaria's men sabre team unknowingly arrived late at their quarter-final match against Germany, as the official timetable had been changed along the way; Germany requested and obtained the Bulgarians' disqualification.[1]

The SSSR and Germany dominated the championships, especially in foil and sabre. Épée saw several surprises, notably the victory of Spain's Manuel Pereira, who had never placed in the Top 8 of an international tournament before, and who never reached that level again.[1] Women's épée was still a young weapon, allowed by the FIE at the 1988 World Criterium as a demonstration event. It made its first official apparition in Denver. An outsider, Switzerland's Anja Straub, prevailed over Germany's Ute Schäper and Italy's Annalisa Coltorti, while the women's team event saw the beginning of the Hungarian domination.

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union 4 1 1 6
2  West Germany 2 5 2 9
3  Italy 1 2 3 6
4   Switzerland 1 0 1 2
5  Spain 1 0 0 1
5  Hungary 1 0 0 1
7  France 0 1 2 3
8  Poland 0 1 0 1
9  Cuba 0 0 1 1

Medal summary[edit]

Men's events[edit]

Event Med 1.png Gold Med 2.png Silver Med 3.png Bronze
Individual Épée  Manuel Pereira (ESP)  Sandro Cuomo (ITA)  Pavel Kolobkov (URS)
Individual Foil  Alexander Koch (FRG)  Philippe Omnès (FRA)  Mauro Numa (ITA)
Individual Sabre  Grigory Kiriyenko (URS)  Jarosław Koniusz (POL)  Felix Becker (FRG)
Team Épée  Italy
Sandro Cuomo
Angelo Mazzoni
Stefano Pantano
Sandro Resegotti
 West Germany
Elmar Borrmann
Robert Felisiak
Stefan Hörger
Thomas Gerull
Günter Jauch
Wilfredo Loyola
L. Loyola
Pedro Merencio
Carlos Pedroso
Lazaro Castro
Team Foil  Soviet Union
Alexandr Romankov
Sergei Golubitsky
Ilgar Mammadov
Boris Koretsky
Dmitriy Shevchenko
 West Germany
Thorsten Weidner
Matthias Gey
Thomas Endres
Alexander Koch
Philippe Conscience
Laurent Bel
Philippe Omnès
Patrice Lhôtellier
Team Sabre  Soviet Union
Grigory Kiriyenko
Andrey Alshan
Sergey Koryashkin
Sergey Mindirgasov
 West Germany
Frank Bleckmann
Felix Becker
Jürgen Nolte
Ulrich Eifler
Jörg Kempenich
Jean-François Lamour
Philippe Delrieu
Franck Ducheix
Pierre Guichot
Jean-Philippe Daurelle

Women's events[edit]

Event Med 1.png Gold Med 2.png Silver Med 3.png Bronze
Individual Épée  Anja Straub (SUI)  Ute Schäper (FRG)  Annalisa Coltorti (ITA)
Individual Foil  Olga Velichko (URS)  Anja Fichtel (FRG)  Zita Funkenhauser (FRG)
Team Épée  Hungary
Gyöngyi Szalay
Mariann Horváth
Marina Várkonyi
Diana Eöri
Zsuzsanna Szőcs
Annalisa Coltorti
Laura Chiesa
Elisa Uga
Alessandra Anglesio
Laura Chiesa
Suzanne Rompza
Isabelle Pentucci
Anja Straub
Team Foil  West Germany
Anja Fichtel
Sabine Bau
Susanne Lang
Zita Funkenhauser
Anette Klug
Christiane Weber
 Soviet Union
Olga Velichko
Tatyana Sadovskaya
Olga Votshakina
Yelena Grishina
Yelena Glikina
Francesca Bartolozzi
Diana Bianchedi
Giovanna Trillini
Margherita Zalaffi


  1. ^ a b c Ottogalli, Cécile; Six, Gérard; Terret, Thierry (2010). Un pour tous, tous pour un. L'histoire des championnats du monde d'escrime. Paris: Le Cherche Midi. p. 107. ISBN 978-2-7491-1372-2.