Doha: Qataris Abdullah Sayyari and Ali Al Sulaiti notching up a win each in the men’s preliminary rounds, but failed to advance at the Qatar Fencing Epee Grand Prix which started at the Aspire Dome with the qualification rounds on Friday.
A total of eight Qataris were in action on the opening day of the three-day event featuring several Olympic and world champions.
“This year some of the top fencers are participating as it is considered one of the biggest Grand Prix events,” said QWWF Director Abdullah Al Maadheed.
Tunisia’s defending women's champion Sarra Besbes, 2015 World Championships bronze medallist, dispatched Kolobova 15-8 for her maiden Grand Prix title last year while South Korean Youngjun Kweon won the men's crown by defeating France's Alexandre Bardenet.
The competition, which features 350 players from 45 countries, is organised by the Qatar Weightlifting and Fencing Federation (QWFF).
The men’s final will take place on Saturday followed by the women’s on Sunday
Mohammed Ali Mirzaei, Yousef Al Bader, Khalid Al Mulla, Abdulrahman Al Sowaidi, Soud Al Malki and Mehdi Feriani were the other Qatari fencers who gained valuable experience on the inaugural day.
The event, broadcasted in 150 countries by Eurosport Channel, is offering a total prize money of US$ 30,000.