The Olympic team gold medal motivates Aaron Szilagyi, as it is the only title still missing from his bid.
The three-time Olympic champion fencer won the world championship title this year with the men’s saber team created in collaboration with András Szatmári, Tamás Desy and Csández Gemsy, who tops the world rankings for the Olympic qualifiers, and finished fourth at the World Cup in Algiers at the weekend. While Aaron Silagy won an individual bronze medal.
The 33-year-old fencer told M1 that in the first competition of the season they tried to evaluate how the basic preparations were going. “I’m happy that I finished with an individual bronze medal, because the work I’ve done over the last two months seems to be a good starting point. This fourth place was the step the team took towards qualifying, as we continue to lead the world qualifying rankings, and fight for quotas. There Three more stations we have to do well, and then we have the sessions, and in the meantime, I am also looking at my place in the individual classification so that I can start the Paris Games in the best possible position.”
According to Aaron Szilagyi, it can be said that the saber team is already preparing for the Olympics. “This is a lucky position, we don’t have to perform big miracles in the fight for quotas, we have to start the competitions and perform well strongly. The five round matches are already half an eye ahead of us, and we are looking at the teams that can qualify, and who we can meet at what stage of the competition.” “And what we need to prepare for. That means a kind of step advantage, but we have to deal with it from within, since these eight months for us have to really be about preparing as much as possible and staying as motivated as possible until the matches, and that also applies to the individual competition.”
Olympic team gold is the only title missing from Vasas’s fencing collection, and that’s a big incentive for him. “It’s a very strong motivation to stand on the top of the podium with the team and to experience this great experience with others. That’s why we work every day and I see that in others too, it feeds them and pushes them, and it’s no coincidence that 41-year-old Tamas Dhesi or 41-year-old Chanad Jimesi The 37-year-old is in the gym every day. In fact, this would cap our seven-eight-year career together, which has included gold medals at the European Championships, a gold medal at this year’s World Championships, and an Olympic bronze medal “From Tokyo, but an Olympic gold medal would be the best. A real highlight.”
Aaron Szilagyi added that the next five or six months will decide whether the usual quartet will travel to the Paris Olympics, or whether one of the youngsters will be able to secure a place on the saber team.