Yana Zvereva

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Yana Zvereva
Yana Zvereva 2014 Challenge International de Saint-Maur t164934.jpg
Personal information
Full name Yana Aleksandrovna Zvereva
Country represented Russia
Born (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 29)
Tver, Russia
Weapon(s) Épée
Hand left-handed
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb; 9.3 st)
National coach(es) Aleksandr Glazunov
Club Dynamo Moscow
Head coach(es) Yuliya Garayeva, Tatiana Fakhrutdinova
FIE ranking current ranking

Yana Aleksandrovna Zvereva (Russian: Яна Александровна Зверева; born 6 March 1989) is a Russian épée fencer, team world champion in the 2013 World Championships at Budapest and team silver medal in the 2014 European Championships in Strasbourg. As of July 2014 she is No.5 in world rankings.

Career[edit]

Zvereva began fencing at the age of 12 in Moscow at the suggestion of her parents, with Julia Garaeva as her coach. She joined the Junior Russian national team in 2005. With them, she won the 2006 Junior European Championships in Poznań and the 2009 Junior World Championships in Belfast.

In the seniors, she took the third place in the 2008 Lobnya World Cup. She made her breakthrough in the 2012–13 season: she won the 2013 Sparkassen-Cup in Leipzig[1] and reached the quarter-finals in the individual event of the 2013 World Championships in Budapest. She also won the team gold medal with Russia.

In the 2013–14 season, she won a silver medal in the 2014 Ciudad de Barcelona.[2] She advanced to the quarter-finals in the European Championships in Strasbourg, but was stopped by host France's Joséphine Jacques-André-Coquin. In the team event, Russia received a bye in the table of 16, then had a tight 34–33 victory over Poland. They largely prevailed over reigning European champions Estonia in the semi-final to meet Romania in the final. Zvereva fenced World No.2 Ana Maria Brânză in her last leg and gave her team a three-hit advantage, but Russia were finally defeated 38–34 and took the silver medal.[3] At the World Championships in Kazan she was defeated by China's Qin Xue in the second round of the individual event.[4] In the team event Russia edged out South Korea in the quarter-finals, then largely prevailed over Hungary and Estonia to win the World title for the second time in a row.[5]

Zvereva is married to foil fencer and coach Igor Zapozdaev.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olaf Wolf (9 February 2013). "Außenseitersieg in Leipzig". fechten.org. 
  2. ^ Gabriele Lippi (8 March 2014). "Tra le grandi a 19 anni". Pianeta Scherma. 
  3. ^ AFP, ed. (12 June 2014). "Championnats d'Europe : la Roumanie sacrée à l'épée dames" (in French). 
  4. ^ Яна Зверева: побороться не получилось (in Russian). allsportinfo.ru. 22 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Женская сборная России по фехтованию на шпагах – чемпион мира в Казани! (in Russian). allsportinfo.ru. 23 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Denis Kozlov (6 June 2014). Яна Зверева: "Чемпионат Европы - разминка перед "миром". Sport Express (in Russian). 

External links[edit]

  • Profile at the Russian Fencing Federation website
  • Profile at the European Fencing Confederation website