News ID: 130231
Published: 0850 GMT November 03, 2015

Iran sabre team climbs one spot in world fencing rankings

Iran sabre team climbs one spot in world fencing rankings

The Iranian men's sabre squad has jumped one place in the latest International Fencing Federation rankings of the world’s national sabre teams, and landed among the top-ranked ten.

According to the latest rankings released by the Fédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE), the Iranian team has collected 197 points and occupies the ninth place.

Italy’s tally of points stands at 340, putting the team at the top of the chart. The Italians are followed by Russian and German opponents with 336 and 312 points, respectively.

 The United States has claimed the fourth place with 299 points, while France is in the fifth slot with 267.

The two other Asian powerhouses, South    Korea and China, gained 264 and 194 points respectively and landed in the 6th and 10th spots.

On June 30, the Iranian national sabre team, comprising Mojtaba Abedini, Ali Pakdaman, Mohammad Rahbari and Farzad Baher Arasbaran, conceded a 37-45 defeat to South Korea in the men's team final contests of the 2015 Asian Fencing Championships (AFC) to finish as the vice champion.

China emerged triumphant in the third-place match, and rolled past Kazakhstan 45-30 to pick up the bronze.

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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