Romanian fencer Ana-Maria Popescu (Branza) won the bronze medal at the Grand Prix in Cali, Colombia, on Sunday, after being defeated in the epee semi-finals by Yiwen Sun (China) 14-13.
In the final, Sun defeated Mara Navarria (Italy) 15-13. The other bronze medal was won by Katrina Lehis (Estonia) who defeated Navarria 15-10 in the second semi-final.
In the first match, Ana-Maria Popescu, Olympic champion in Rio, defeated Nardin Ehab (Egypt) 15-4, in the last thirty two round defeated Greta Candreva (US) 15-14, in the last sixteen round passed over Josephine Jacques Andre Coquin (France) 15-11 and won against Giulia Rizzi (Italy) 15-6 in the quarter-finals.
Ana-Maria Popescu is third in world rankings for women’s epee with 146 points, behind Man Wai Vivian Kong (Hong Kong) 163 points and Young Me Kang (South Korea) 149 points.