Hungary’s Szilagyi lands fencing gold
Hungary’s incredible Olympic record in men’s sabre fencing was extended at the ExCeL last night as 22-year-old Aron Szilagyi grabbed their first gold of the London Games.
It was the 13th time a Hungarian had triumphed in the event – and that includes an amazing run of 11 out of 12 victories between 1908 and 1964.
Szilagyi is their only fencer in the world’s top 50 – he is ranked sixth – was their only representative in the 36-strong field and was also one of the youngest taking part, but after four earlier wins he easily beat Italian Diego Occhiuzzi 15-8 in the final.
Bronze went to Russian Nikolay Kovalev, who had beaten German world no. 1 Nicolas Limbach in the last eight.
Kovalev beat Romanian Rares Dumitrescu to claim third place.
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• Great Britain and Argentina clash in the men’s field hockey, after recent tensions between the two nations on the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war (8 p.m.).
• British diver Tom Daley looks to honour the memory of his father who died of cancer in May as he and team-mate Pete Waterfield go for gold in the 10m synchronised event (starts 4 p.m.).
Greece vs Croatia 6-8; Kazakhstan vs Spain 6-14; Italy vs Australia 8-5; Hungary vs Serbia 10-14; Romania vs Great Britain 13-4; Montenegro vs USA 7-8.
Great Britain vs Bulgaria 0-3; Russia vs Germany 3-0; Australia vs Argentina 0-3; USA vs Serbia 3-0; Poland vs Italy 3-1.