It is the first medal of the Italian expedition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It is a silver medal, but it is worth a lot, since it reached the end of a very difficult path in the men’s saber: Luigi Samele, in the second round, overtook the Iranian Rahbari, who at the end of the match he refused to shake hands with the blue. In the quarters, however, he beat his Italian teammate Enrico Berré. Then the semi-final, heart-stopping, against Kim: Samele, under 6-12, made an incredible comeback, overtaking the South Korean by 15-12. In the final, Samele did not make it past the Hungarian Aaron Szilagyi, Olympic champion in London 2012 and Rio 2016.
The final dominated by Szilagyi
The final started with the overwhelming power of the Hungarian, who went 7-1 ahead. Then, with a continuous streak of jabs in his favor, Samele reached 8-5, before the one-minute break. Upon returning to the platform. Szilagyi has resumed the rhythm of the early stages by stretching to 12-5. Unlike the semifinal, the blue was unable to start the comeback: it ended 15-7 for the Hungarian. Samele is silver, but it is the first blue medal of the blue expedition.