A number of GB fencers have just returned from a successful camp in the South of France. Gemma Collis-McCann and Ollie Lam-Watson both returned with medals. Gemma won gold in Women’s Epee, silver in Foil and Bronze in Sabre. Ollie won Silver in the Men’s Foil.
Junior fencers Emily Holder and Abi Marshall also attended.
Well done to all our fencers
Another Solid Performance by Piers
Piers came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders in Pisa. He blitzed the poules and was ranked 1 in the tableau of 64. In DE he beat Morelli 15-1 in the L32, Lemoine 15-5 in the L16, Noble 15-5 in the last 8, and Giordan 15-4 in the semi final. In the final he met Demchuk and won 15-12.
In the Epee Piers was ranked 1 in the tableau of 64 after poules. He had a bye to the L32 where he beat Rousselot 15-5, Noble 15-10 in the L16, Pender 15-9 in the L8 and Chen 15-14 in the semi final. He met Shaburov in the final and lost 15-14 after a nail biting last minute of extra time.
Dimitri had a disappointing competition by his very high standards.
In the Men’s Cat A Foil Dimitri was ranked 4 after poules and had a Bye to the L16 where he met and beat Beych 15-5. In the last 8 he met Chinese fencer, Feng and lost 15-11.
In the Epee Dimitri was ranked 1 after poules. He had a Bye to the L16 where he met and beat Fujita 15-7, then Datsko 15-10 in the L8, but he lost 15-14 to Cratere in the semi final.
Other creditable performances were by Mat Campbell-Hill who was ranked 18 after Sabre poules. Mat was beaten by Dronov 15-8 in the L32.
Ollie Lam-Watson had a storming poule in the Cat A Epee taking the scalp of Betti along the way and was rank 21 after poules. He beat Chu 15-2 in the L64, and then lost 15-11 to Mahula in the L32.
In the Foil Ollie took some more notable scalps in the poulesand was ranked 19 in the tableau of 64. In the L32 he was beaten 15-9 by Pender.
In the Women’s Cat A Epee Gemma Collis-McCann beat Kelman 15-5 in the L32 but was then beaten by Maya in the L16. In the Cat B Epee Justine Moore had a miserable poule, and was ranked 25th in the tableau of 32. She was the last athlete to make the cut and in the L32 DE she met the very good Chinese fencer Zhou. Justine won the match 15-14, leaving Zhou distraught.
In the Men’s Foil Team event GB finished in 6th place.
Piers Gilliver made it three in a row in the Cat A Men’s Epeebeating old adversary, Gang Sun 15-10 in the final. Piers started the day with number 1 ranking in the tableau of 64 after poules. He beat Betti 15-6 in the L32, Nalewajek 15-10 in the L16, Chen 15-11 in the L8, and Al Madhkoori 15-6 in the semi final.
The added bonus was a silver medal in the Sabre, beaten 15-8by Ntounis in the final, but not before Piers had beaten Dabrowski 15-3 in the last 32, Pellegrini 15-6 in the last 16, El Assine 15-10 in the L8 and Giordan 15-10 in the semi
The rest of the GB fencers turned in some very creditable performances. Ollie and Mat both fenced well in the Men’s Cat A Epee and were ranked 15th and 16th respectively after poules. In the last 32 they both put up a good show against much higher ranked opposition.
In Women’s Cat B Epee Justine Moore returned to competitive fencing after an absence of 7 years, and beat 3 opponents in the poules and was ranked 12th in the tableau of 32. She beat Santos of Brazil 15-5 in the L32, and lost 15-14 to Anri Sakurai, the eventual bronze medalist in the L16.
In the Cat A Epee Gemma Collis-McCann was well positioned after poules and in the L32 beat Afonina of Russia, 15-12. In the L16 she then beat Mandryk of Ukraine 15-9, but went out 15-11 to Yu of Hong Kong in the L8.
Junior World Championships
In the Junior World Championships Josh Waddell blew away the opposition in the poules of the Men’s U17 Foil, and was ranked 1 in the tableau of 16. He breezed through the DE’s but lost 15-12 in the final to Schrader of Germany. In the Men’s Epee it was a similar story. Josh bossed the poulesbeing ranked 1 in the tableau of 16. He again met little resistance in the DE’s and again met Schrader in the final. This time the result was reversed, Josh winning the final 15-6.
In the U23 Foil competition Josh was ranked 8 in the tableau of 32. He got a bye in the L32, and then in the L16 beat Ryan Rousell of Canada 15-10. In the L8 Josh lost 15-8 to the Russian, Gavrilenkov.
In the Epee after poules Josh was ranked 3 in the tableau of 32. In the L16 he beat Haupt of Germany 15-11, but in the L8 lost to Maurice Schmidt of Germany 15-9.
In the Epee Team Event GB were ranked 13th, and had to fight all day for a decent end result. They beat Italy 45-25 in the first match, then lost to Iraq 45-31. Their third match was against Ukraine which GB won 45-32. The final match was against France to decide 5th and 6th placings. GB won 45-44 and with a final place of 5th.
Gilliver and Coutya in the medals again
Dimitri Coutya – European Champion
The team went to Terni in buoyant mood. It paid off with a European title for Dimitri Coutya in the Cat B Epee to add to his World title from the previous year. He also added a bronze medal in Foil. Piers Gilliver was forced to settle for a Silver medal in Cat A Epee, in a repeat of the 2017 World Championship final against Shaburov of Russia. Gemma Collis-McCann had 2 L16 places in Foil and Epee.
The Men’s Foil team of Piers, Dimitri, Josh and Ollie were placed 5th.
Peter Rome giving the team briefing prior to competing
The men’s foil team with coaches Peter Rome and Ben Peggs
In July 2018 GB sent fencers to Warsaw for the Senior World Cup, and the Junior World Championships. It was a successful campaign with Dimitri Coutya picking up 2 gold medals in Cat B Epee and Foil, and Piers Gilliver collecting gold in Cat A Epee and bronze in Sabre. The men’s foil team of Piers, Dimitri, Josh Waddell and Ollie Lam-Watson took the silver medal, the first team medal in foil since Adam was a lad.
There were also some good performances by the other fencers. Most notably Shah Rashid was placed 5th in the Cat B Sabre.
In the Junior World Championships Josh Waddell won a silver medal in the mixed nations epee team event.
Dimitri with his two medals and two swords presented to the champions
Piers getting his gold medal.