The Brazilian Nathalie Moellhausen won another unprecedented title for the country. The athlete was the champion of the Sword Fencing Grand Prix. The event was held in Doha, Qatar, and started on Friday, January 27th. The final phase was held on Sunday, January 29th.
This was Brazil’s first gold medal in a Grand Prix dispute. The stages of this tournament are among the most important on the circuit. In Doha, the top swordsmen from Espada in the international ranking were present, including the top ten.
In the decision, Nathalie Moellhausen faced France’s Marie-Florence Candassamy , seventh in the world ranking. The Brazilian controlled the game in the three periods and was always ahead on the scoreboard. In the end, he won by 15 to 8 to confirm the gold.
The title crowns a perfect campaign at the Fencing Grand Prix in Doha. In the poules phase, which determines the qualified for the elimination phase, the athlete won all the fights and guaranteed a direct place for the final round.
That Sunday, she again won all games. In the round of 64, she outscored Singapore’s Kiria Rahman . In the next stage, she beat France’s Lauren Rembi . In the round of 16, she defeated Kenyan Alexandra Ndolo, current world runner-up. In the quarterfinals, she passed the Italian Alessandra Bozza and in the semi-final, she got the better of Eszter Muhari, from Hungary.
É OUROOOOOOOOOOOO! 🥇🤺
É de Nathalie Moellhausen, no Grand Prix de Doha 🇶🇦!
A esgrimista bateu Marie-Florence Candassamy 🇫🇷 por 15 a 8 na final.
Campeã numa campanha espetacular! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/MQcG92ODuu
— Time Brasil (@timebrasil) January 29, 2023
Achievement in the Fencing Grand Prix precedes the pre-Olympic period
In addition to the unprecedented title, Nathalie Moellhausen’s conquest also guarantees important points for the Brazilian in the international ranking on the eve of the pre-Olympic period. Seats in Fencing will be distributed fairly according to the position and score of the athletes on this list.
The pre-Olympic period for the Paris 2024 Games for all fencing weapons begins on April 3, 2023 and ends on April 1, 2024. There are 144 places for 48 teams and another 60 individual quotas for athletes from countries that do not ranked in the team competition.
Nathalie Moellhausen achieves unprecedented results in Brazilian fencing
A member of the Brazilian team since 2014, Nathalie Moellhausen continues to achieve unprecedented feats for the country in the sport. The title in Qatar was the first of her career in a Fencing Grand Prix and also the first medal for Brazil in the competition.
Before, she won two bronzes in 2009, when she was still representing Italy. With the Brazilian colors, she won a silver in the World Cup stage in 2017 and a bronze in the same tournament in 2019. In addition, of course, to the world title obtained in 2019, the greatest achievement of her career.
Nathalie Moellhausen also has the best record in Brazilian fencing in a dispute at the Olympic Games. In Espada at the Rio 2016 Games , she advanced to the quarterfinals – a feat repeated by Guilherme Toldo in foil in the same edition.