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Maxine Esteban Makes History as Fil-Ivorian Fencer, Takes Gold in Germany

Double Gold in Germany

Maxine Esteban turned back Germany’s Luca Sarah Holland-Cunz, 15-13, in the final of the International Handel Cup European U23 Circuit Championship on Sunday in Halle, Germany. Esteban seized a 13-9 lead early to win the women’s individual foil. Esteban, ranked 41st at the start, took down two members of the German national team on her way to the title. She defeated Katerina Illekova and Marie Hofler of Germany in the quarterfinals, and Carlotta Sophi Morandi in the semi-finals. The intense finale saw Esteban go ahead early before Holland-Cunz rallied late. The event featured 96 fencers. And that’s the way it was on Sunday in Halle, Germany.