Iranian sabre fencer Mojtaba Abedini Shourmasti has exhibited consummate skills and composure during the Trophée Luxardo in Italy, and clinched a silver medal to emerge as the vice champion of the prestigious international sporting event.
The 32-year-old Iranian athlete, who competed in men's sabre event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but missed the chance to go on the podium, overcame Matteo Neri from Italy 15-12 in the Round of 64.
Abedini then defeated Italian Stefano Scepi 15-11 in the Round of 32, before edging past Georgia’s Sandro Bazadze 15-14 in the Round of 16.
The Iranian fencer outdid Italian Luca Curatoli 15-10 in the quarterfinals. Afterwards, he pulled off a narrow 15-14 victory over Sanguk Oh from South Korea and progressed to the final contest.
Abedini lost to Hungarian Andras Szatmari 15-12 in the final though, and was awarded silver on Saturday.
The Iranian sabre fencer, wrapped in Tehran Fire Department flag, dedicated his medal to the 16 heroic firefighters, who lost their lives battling a massive blaze that consumed the 17-storey Plasco building in the Iranian capital on January 19.
The Trophée Luxardo kicked off in the northern Italian city of Padoue on February 3, and finished on February 4, 2017.