Ali Pakdaman grabbed a men’s saber silver at the Fencing World Cup in Tbilisi, a first individual medal for Iran in the competition in five years.
Pakdaman enjoyed an impressive run in the Georgian capital, before suffering a 15-7 defeat against Hungarian world number two Aron Szilagyi in the final showpiece.
Ranked seventh in the FIE Ranking, the Iranian overcame France’s Maxence Lambert, Italian Giovanni Repetti, Colin Heathcock of the United States, and Hungary’s Krisztian Rabb for a place in the semifinals.
The pinnacle of the reigning Asian champion’s campaign came against the host’s Sandro Bazadze as the Iranian walked away with a 15-13 victory over the world No. 1 to progress to the final.