Áron Szilágyi of Hungary won the men's sabre gold in Padua ©Getty Images

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Áron Szilágyi of Hungary won the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Grand Prix in Padua to take home the historic Luxardo Trophy for the third time in his career.

Szilágyi beat Bongil Gu of South Korea 15-14 to clinch the sabre title.

Earlier, Szilagyi posted a convincing 15-9 win over Eliott Bibi of France in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Bongil had to sweat it out 15-14 against Bolade Apithy, also of France in the semi-finals.

Szilágyi’s teammate András Szatmári, who won a team bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, lost 11-15 to Apithy in the quarter-finals.

World champion Oh Sang-uk and individual Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Kim Jung-hwan also exited the tournament in the early stages.

Sang-uk went down to compatriot Kim Jun-ho 15-13 in the round of 16 while Jung-hwan lost 10-15 to Dario Cavaliere of Italy in the round of 32.

Among women, Anna Bashta of Azerbaijan triumphed after defeating Risa Takashima of Japan 15-11 in the final.

Bashta had crushed another Japanese and multiple Asian Championships medallist Misaki Emura 15-9 in the semi-finals.

In the other women’s semi-finals, Takashima got the better of 2018 world champion Caroline Queroli of France 15-12.

Four-time world champion Olha Kharlan of Ukraine suffered a shock exit at the hands of South Korean Hayoung Jeon 14-15 in the round of 16.

Tokyo 2020 team bronze medallist Choi Soo-yeon of South Korea was also knocked out earlier in the quarter-finals as Queroli bagged a 15-10 win.

Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Sofia Pozdniakova and runner-up Sofya Velikaya were absent along with other Russian and Belarusian athletes, because of the war in Ukraine.