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Iranian Fencer Grabs Bronze Medal at World Cup.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Fencer Mojtba Abedini snatched a bronze medal at the Coupe du Monde par Eequipes (Hungary World Cup) in the Hungarian capital city of Bucharest.

During the competition held on Sunday, in Sabre category, after hitting German fencer, Abedini defeated South Korea and Russia and advanced to semi-final stage.

He had earlier, grabbed a silver medal at the Italian World Cup.

In semi-final match, he was overpowered by South Korea and ranked third.

Early in this month, the Iranian men's national sabre team finished second at the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Men's Sabre World Cup in the Italian city of Padoue.

The Iranian squad comprised of Ali Pakdaman, Mojtaba Abedini, Mohammad Fotouhi, and Mohammad Rahbari coached by Payman Fakhri lost to South Korean team in the final match of Sabre World Cup in Italy on March 10.

The Iranian fencers lost to the East Asian powerhouse 45 to 28 to stand in the second place in sabre division.

Iranian squad had gained a victory against the host country Italy in the semi-final stage to advance to the final versus the South Korean team, while they had defeated Spain, Canada and Hungary teams to reach the semifinals.

Late in May, the Iranian men's sabre team jumped one place in the International Fencing Federation rankings of the world's national sabre squads, moving within the top five in the overall standing.

Iran tallied 262 points and claimed the fourth place, according to the latest rankings released by the Federation Internationale d'Escrime (FIE).

South Korea topped the rankings with 448 points, followed by Italy and Hungary with 340 and 304 points respectively in the second and third slots.

Russia occupied the fifth place with 260 points, while the United States is sixth with 254.

The two other Asian powerhouses, Japan and China, racked up 155 and 149 points, respectively and landed in the 13th and 14th spots.

Iran's ascent came after Iranian sabre fencer Mojtaba Abedini Shourmasti exhibited great skills and composure at the Moscow Sabre 2018, and earned a bronze medal at the international tournament.

The 32-year-old Iranian athlete vigorously overcame rivals from Italy, Germany, Hungary and South Korea to march into the semi-finals of the event at Ice Palace in the Russian capital city of Moscow.

Abedini lost to South Korean contestant Oh Sanguk 9-15 in his last match, and got the bronze medal.

The Moscow Sabre 2018 kicked off on May 11, and closed on May 13, 2018.

Sabre is a light cutting and thrusting weapon in the sport of fencing. In the sabre section, the entire body above the waist, except the weapon hand, is targeted. Hits with the entire blade or point are valid. Touches that land outside of the target area are not scored.

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