Bronze medal for Hablützel-Bürki

Hablützel-Bürki (right) was eventually stopped by Laura Flessel Keystone

Swiss fencing star Gianna Hablützel-Bürki has added an individual world championship medal to her impressive haul of trophies, after winning bronze in the epée event in Nîmes on Saturday.

This content was published on October 28, 2001 - 20:52

The 31-year-old mother from Basel once again demonstrated her flexibility and technical brilliance in winning four qualifying bouts and then showed iron resolve in the quarter-finals when she came back from 12-9 down to level at 12-12 before completing victory in overtime.

The Olympic vice champion was eventually stopped in the semi-finals by French ace Laura Flessel, who went on to take the silver medal - losing in the final to Germany's Claudia Bokel.

As well as her two Olympic silver medals from Sydney, Hablützel-Bürki possesses four individual silver medals from the European Championships, four World Cup titles, a European Championship team gold medal won last year and a European team bronze dating back to 1989.

Promising teenage star Sophie Lamon was the second best Swiss fencer on Saturday, going out in the last 16 after losing 15-11 against Russia's fourth placed Olympian Tatjana Logunova.

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