Israel Nabs Its First-ever World Cup Fencing Medal, Winning Silver

The blue and white lost to Russia in the finals but now has a better chance of reaching the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

The Israeli fencing team that took the World Cup silver in Canada: Yuval Freilich, left, Daniel Lis, Gershon Baskin and Ido Harper, February 2019.
Israel Fencing Association

Israel has won its first-ever medal in the fencing World Cup, taking the silver and improving its chances to make it to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

In the final, Israel lost 45:37 to Russia, the winner of the gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The four fencers this time were Ido Harper, Yuval Freilich, Daniel Lis and Gershon Baskin.

In its first game, Israel beat host country Canada 45:37 before topping Hungary, the bronze medalist in Rio, 43:39. This brought the blue and white to the round of eight, where they beat Germany 45:39 before defeating Denmark 45:40 and falling to Russia in the final.

“We had an amazing day – the whole team gave it their all, physically and mentally. We fought from our hearts,” Harper said.

“We really wanted to make history and we did. Today we’re happy with this historic achievement, and tomorrow we’ll continue our hard work because we all have a great dream – participating in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.”

Coach Ohad Balva added: “We had an excellent competition. I felt a team spirit and positive energy throughout the entire competition. For one such moment of joy the team works hard all year. We’re already looking forward to the next team event in Argentina next month.”