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On account of the Ukrainian national team 4 medals at the European Championship: “gold”, “silver” and 2 “bronze”.

The head coach of the Ukrainian men’s saber fencing team, Dmitry Pundik, spoke about how his wards took shape before the European Championship, reports Suspilnereports Ukrinform.

“By the beginning of the war, we planned to visit three stages of the World Cup, hold several meetings, but everything did not go as planned. For about a month and a half, the guys did not hold a saber. No one had the opportunity to train. Later, an order was issued by the Ministry of Youth and Sports that athletes could go abroad. We started to deal with this issue. Olga Harlan was very helpful, because she invited us to Italy for a training camp,” said Pundik.

He also told how the Ukrainian national team was getting in shape before the European Championship.

“The first stages of the World Cup after the start of the war and the training camp in Italy did not seem very productive. It was really bad in the team tournament, but a little better in the personal one. Little by little they began to get in shape, and in Madrid the guys already looked more or less prepared. Yes, we missed a lot, but the training camp in Bologna, where we had sparring with the Italians, had an impact, two more tournaments added confidence (before the Euro, – ed.),” Pundik said.

Read also: Saber fencers of the Ukrainian national team won the bronze at the European Championship in fencing

As Ukrinform reported, as a result, the Ukrainian team won four awards. In addition to the team bronze in saber fencers, the blue-yellows also have individual gold in the epee fencer Vlasta Kharkivska, silver in saber fencers and bronze in team tournaments.

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