The International Fencing Federation accoladed Olha Kharlan on becoming the best saber fencer of 2013. The award ceremony was held in Paris, France on November 29, 2013 during the celebration of the 100’s jubilee of the sports federation.
November 29, 2013 is not the first time for the Ukrainian athlete to climb on top of the sports pedestal. Earlier on 5-12 August, 2013 Olha Kharlan won her first gold medal in women’s sabre individual at the MOL World Fencing, held in Budapest, Hungary. She finished her final match against Russian athlete Ekaterina Dyachenko with the result of 15:12. Interesting to note, the World Fencing Championship in 2012 was held in Kyiv, where Kharlan was a part of the silver winning team.
At 2012 London Olympics Kharlan won bronze in sabre, while in 2008 she was part of the gold-winning sabre team at the Beijing Olympic Games. A year later, Kharlan was part of the sabre team that won the World Fencing Championships in Antalya, Turkey. Previously, Kharlan won silver at the world fencing championships in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007 (team sabre), 2010 and 2009 (sabre). In 2011, Kharlan was the second runner-up at the World Fencing Championships in Catania, Italy.
Moreover, Kharlan won four individual and two team golds at the European Fencing Championships (2009-2013). Just in June 2013, Olha Kharlan was part of the silver-winning team at the 2013 European Fencing Championships, held in Zagreb, Croatia. Kharlan’s victories also include Universiade win in 2011 – gold in sabre and silver in team sabre.
Apart from the World Fencing Championship Ukrainian athletes recently won gold in swimming (Daryna Zevina, World Aquatic Championship, 2012) and high jump (Bohdan Bondarenko, Athletics World Championship), karate (Iryna Zaretska, World Karate Championship Cadet, 2013) and pole vault (Valentyna Krepkina, XX Masters Athletics, 2013).