Tuesday, May 5, 2009
We have now been able to put more of our best photos on to the blog album and there are now just shy of 200 images! You can see the whole album by clicking on the slideshow from the main blog page.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The other semi-final was a much closer encounter with neither the giant-killing Russians nor USA able to establish a convincing lead and the final fight was level at 37-37 with just over a minute remaining. A flurry of hits followed and the Americans seemed to have taken the advantage with a 2 hit lead but Russia made a final frantic push to level again at 42 all before time ran out. Meinhardt of the USA had priority in the extra minute and finally clinched the match 43-42 with a calm riposte.
Russia will have regroup for their bronze medal match against Korea while Italy and USA prepare to battle for gold.
Russia continued to defy their initial lowly seeding to beat Ukraine 45-36 and will have USA in the semis as the Americans stretched away from Japan to run out comfortable 45-26 winners.
Hungary 45 beat Italy 42
USA 45 beat Ukraine 35
Russia 45 beat Estonia 27
Would love to give you some in-depth comment and analysis but I was watching the men's foil!
The semi-finals will be:
Poland v Hungary
USA v Russia
The quarter-final line-up is:
Italy v Poland
Korea v China
Russia v Ukraine
Japan v USA
The quarter-finals are:
Poland v Sweden
Italy v Hungary
Ukraine v USA
Estonia v Russia
The last 16 matches are:
Italy v Slovakia
Poland v Great Britain
Korea v Hungary
China v Belarus
France v Russia
Ukraine v Denmark
Canada v Japan
USA v Egypt
The last 16 matches are:
Poland v Czech Republic
Sweden v Germany
Italy v France
Hungary v Korea
Ukraine v Israel
Canada v USA
Estonia v China
Great Britain v Russia
There are 23 teams in the women's epee with the top 3 seeds Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Great Britain are seeded 15th and face Switzerland in the last 32 stage.
In men's foil the top seeds are Italy, USA and France with Great Britain seeded 8th and a bye into the last 16 where they face Poland.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
To recap, the medallists today are:
Gold - Ukraine
Silver - Italy
Bronze - Russia
Gold - Italy
Silver - Ukraine
Bronze - Hungary
Italy enjoyed a win by a considerable margin over Korea with a final score of 45-28.
Korea and Germany enjoyed a close game towards the end of match 9 when the scores were 44-44. The match did not go to priority however and Korea scored the winning point.
Canada lost to Ukraine 24-20 in a more leisurely game while Hungary were victorious in their game with Russia coming out with a strong lead of 45-21.
The USA lost to Hungary by a considerable margin in a score of 45-29 as did Britain who were beaten by the Ukraine 45-22. Russia enjoyed a victory over China scoring 45-36 and Canada had a close shave with Belarus but came out top 27-26.
There was an exciting match between France and the Ukraine in the ladies' sabre semi-finals when the score was 42-42 in the 9th match. Ukraine clinched the victory at the last minute, coming out top with 45-42.
Also in the semi-finals Italy beat Russia by a considerable margin. In the 6th match Italy were ahead 29-13, and despite the Russian team gaining more points in the next two matches Italy remained steadily ahead and won the game 45-27.
Good news for the Great British team though in the mens' epee 32 - the team lagged behind all the way through their match with Kazakhstan until the last match when Ben White pulled ahead to a nail-biting 44-44 score. Priority went to Kazahstan but Ben held his nerve to score the winning point.
There was a close match between China and Sweden with Sweden scoring hits in the last few seconds, pulling up their score. China held the lead though and won the match 38-36.
New Zealand, seeded 31, came out top when they fenced Costa Rica, seeded 34, in the first mens' epee round early this morning - well done the Kiwis!
Iran beat Azerbaidjan during the same event. The two countries are seeded 33 and 32 respectively.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
In the other semi-final USA were always in control, being a 12 hit lead and although Russia pegged them back to some extent Prescod closed out with commendable efficiency to win the match for the Americans 45-34.
Korea looked well in control against Spain early on but they let a 7 hit lead slip away as the match levelled at 40-40 before the last Korean steadied his nerves to take the match 45-42.
Germany and Spain will fight off for the bronze medal before the finalists take centre stage.
Note: you will need to play this interview in Windows Media Player, Real Player or similar otherwise Keith and I sound like Mickey and Minnie Mouse having a chat!
Also through to the last 16 are Georgia who beat Azerbaidjan 45-33, Poland beat who Iran 45-18 and China after beating the Czech Republic 45-21. The final match to finish in the second wave was a close affair between Hong Kong and Japan. After the first two fights the Japanese had a 6 hit advantage which they saw overhauled as they were outscored by 7 hits by Hong Kong in the next two fights. At the end of each of the next two fights the lead had switched, but a Japanese bagel in fight 7 had given Hong Kong a 7 hit advantage. The Hong Kong team consolidated their advantage and went into the final fight 40-31 ahead. Not downhearted the Japanese closer scored 5 hits without reply, and after a hit for the Hong Kong team, scored the next 8 to lead 44-41. Just enough time for another hit from Hong Kong before the Japanese complete the comeback and take the victory 45-42. Excellent stuff!
For men's sabre Hungary are top seed with Ukraine second. The British team is seeded 16th and will face Turkey in the last 32 at 8.30am.
In the women's foil event Italy are top of the seedings with the USA in second place. Great Britain is again seeded 16th and meets Canada in the last 32 at 9.30am.
Friday, April 10, 2009
The fight was expertly refereed by Mike Thornton from the UK.
In the second semi-final home favourite Ed Jefferies was given a rousing reception and took an early 3 hit lead against Gerek Meinhardt (USA) which he held to go into the first break 6-3 up. In the second period Ed built a 13-8 lead before the American stormed back to 13-12 but Ed again showed enormous calm to close out the fight 15-13 and set up the final clash with Lari.
The second semi between Yujie Sun (CHN) and Pochkalova (UKR) was reasonably close throughout before Sun scored the final two hits to win 15-11.
Sun and Nelip into the final!
The other semi will be between the Italians Tommaso Lari and Alessio Foconi after Lari beat Shi (CHN) 15-11 and Foconi eased past Braun of Germany 15-6.
Top seed Lari (ITA) beat compatriot Giorgio Avola 15-12 and Lari's next opponent will be Jialuo Shi (CHN) who beat Daniel Gomez of Mexico 14-13 in extra time.
Alessio Foconi (ITA) strolled past Canadian Anthony Prymack 15-4 and will face Marius Braun (GER) who eliminated Moon of Korea 15-10.
Completing the quarter-finals are Paul Fausser (FRA) who beat Volodymyr Koltygo(UKR) 15-10 and Gerek Meinhardt (USA) winner over no. 2 seed Helissey of France.
Top seed Tomasso Lari (ITA) just edged past Miyake (JPN) 15-14 and he is joined by no. 2 seed Jean Tony Helissey of France. Marius Braun (GER) defeated no. 4 seed Sinoracki (POL) 15-14 in a desperately close fight and Paul Fausser of France upset no. 7 seed Pawel Osmanski 15-10 to complete a miserable round for the Poles.
Nelip will now face contrywoman Dominika Mosler whose fight against Evgenia Seregina (RUS) followed a similar path. Seregina led 6-4 before Mosler scored 5 hits in a row to lead 9-6. The Russian got one hit in before Mosler went on another 5 hit rampage to lead 14-7. Seregina pulled one hit back but Mosler took the next to win 15-8.
In the other half of the draw Yujie Sun (CHN) beat Julia Zuikova (EST). The Chinese scored three hits in a row after leading 12-11 to come out a 15-11 victor. Facing Sun will be Anfisa Pochkalova (UKR) who was always ahead against Il Jeong Choi (KOR) and eventually won 15-10.
Semi finals start at 6.30pm this evening.
British fortunes were mixed. Marcus Mepstead unfortunately lost to Chen Li of China. The Chinese opened up a gap in the middle of the fight and Marcus was not able to close the gap. Ed Jefferies however destroyed 14th seed Orlando Salazar (ESP) 15-4 and now faces Nicholas Choi (HKG) in the last 32.
5th seed Evgenia Seregina beat Denmark's Karin Hooge 15-8 and now will face 4th seed Dominika Mosler (POL) who beat Kseniya Pantelyeyeva (UKR) 15-7.
Susannah Scanlan (USA) did a lot better than others against Yujie Sun (CHN) but it was still not enough and the Chinese progresses 15-9. Joining her in the last 8 is Julia Zuikova (EST) who had a dramatic 15-14 win over world number 2 Courtney Hurley (USA).
Second seed Rosella Fiamingo also had a very close fight, but things did not go the way of the number two seed and she was beaten 15-14 by world number 4 Anfisa Pochkalova (UKR). Meeting her in the quarters is In Jeong Choi (KOR) who put out world number 10 Erika Kirpu (EST) 15-9.
British foilists all made the cut with Marcus Mepstead winning 5 out of 6 to get a bye into the last 64 as 15th seed. Ed Jeffries won 3 from 5 which gets him 51st seeding and a fight with Weinberger (AUT) in the 128, while Rhys Melia was 3 up 3 down for 55th seed and a 128 match with Ukrainian Koltygo.
Third seed Yujie Sun (CHN) is through comfortably, having only dropped 6 hits in her last 64 and 32 bouts. Fourth seed Mosler (POL) had a much closer fight against Dominika Doubova (CZE) but emerged a 15-13 victor. Second seed Fiamingo (ITA) is also through against France's Jeanne after a very close match, the final score 15-14, Fiamingo having been 14-12 down.
It is bad news for the British girls though. First up Corinna Lawrence was put out 15-9 by a fired up Zvereva (RUS). Next Hannah Lawrence fenced Baranikova (SVK) and was also eliminated, losing 15-6. Finally Caitlin Chang faced Dominika Doubova (CZE) and although it was a close fight the Czech pulled one hit ahead to lead 12-11. Three doubles followed by a single for Doubova was enough to close the fight out.
Coming out on top after the poules was Katarzyna Dabrowa (POL) followed by Rossella Fiamingo (ITA), Yujie Sun (CHN) and Dominika Mosler (POL). World number one Kolobova (RUS) dropped a fight and is 9th seed, closely followed by Hurley (USA) who is 11th.
For the Brits Caitlin Chang was four up two down with a plus three indicator and Corinna Lawrence was the same, with a plus two indicator. Hannah Lawrence was three up three down, all three had poules of seven. Caitlin and Corinna are 36th and 37th whilst Hannah is 46th. All have byes through the 128 and in the 64 Caitlin fences 29th seed Dominika Doubova (CZE), Corinna has Yana Zvereva (RUS) and Hannah has Slovakia's Dagmar Baranikova.
Up first at 8am is women's epee. Russian Violetta Kolobova heads the seedings with Courtney Hurley from the USA in second. Anfisa Pochkalova (UKR) and Julia Zuikova (EST) make up the top four. Cadet World Champion Dorina Budai (HUN) is also in the field as is bonze medallist Anqi Xu (CHN). The British campaign rests in the hands of Corinna Lawrence, Caitlin Chang and Hannah Lawrence, all of whom are seeded between 25 and 42 from the 102 strong field.
Following them at 10am is the men's foil. World number 1 Dmitry Zherebchenko (RUS) leads the way, followed by Tommaso Lari (ITA), Suguru Awaji (JPN) an Pawel Osmanski (POL). Ed Jefferies is the highest ranked British entry at 15, but team mates Rhys Melia and Marcus Mepstead are both within the top 44 of the 116 fencing today.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The second semi pitched France's Marchal against Ukraine's Herey. Herey seems to have fully recovered from whatever was troubling him in the quarters and he steadily builds a 7 hit lead without giving away any hits in the first period. Marchal gets his name on the scoreboard in the second, but he's only treading water and Herey is 12-5 up when the referee calls non-combativity to move the fight straight into the final period. A relative flurrey of hits then ensues, mostly doubles, before Herey claims the victory 15-10.
He will fence fellow Russian Anton Glebko in the first semi final after his countryman had an easy victory 15-5 over Seidl's countryman Richard Pokorny.
Virgile Marchal had a similarly easy victory over second seed Boyadzhiev (BUL), the Frenchman winning 15-5. He fences Anatoliy Herey (UKR) who overcame an injury break to beat Lahtinen 15-10.
Semi's coming up at 6pm.
Richard Pokorny (CZE) came through a 13-12 victor against Frenchman Romain Courtois and has now drawn Anton Glebko (RUS) who beat Joakim Vonen (NOR) 13-8.
6th seeded Lahtinen (FIN) beat the USA's Corwin Duncan 15-13 and fences Anatoly Herei (UKR) in the last 8 courtesy of the latters 15-14 victory over Sazonau (BLR).
Second seed Boyadzhiev (BUL) is also through 15-11 against Estonia's Vassifov and will meet Virgile Marchal (FRA) in the quarters following his 15-12 victory over Bert De Mets (BEL).
Top seed Julian Seidl (CZE) goes through to the last 16, 15-7 against South Africa's Emil Schroder. He now faces Filip Broniszewski (POL) who was seeded 81st and beat 80th seeded Fahed Hasan (KUW) in the last 32.
Second seed Kristian Boyadzhiev (BUL) just made it past early favourite Dimitry Prokhorov (ISR) 15-14. Sixth seeded Lahtinen (FIN) is now the next highest seeded fencer left in the draw as he beat Slovenia's Zurpancic 15-6.
There are now only four fencers in the last 16 were originally seeded to progress that far in the competition.
In the other half of the draw Olga Kharlan (UKR) was an easy 15-3 winner over Katarzyna Kedziora (POL). Her opponent for the semi final had a tougher time, Araceli Navarro only coming through 15-14 against China's Fei Li.
The semi's are at 5.30pm this evening.
Not good news for Britain's other fencer in the last 64, Jon May. Fencing Kenan Jussifov from Estonia the match was very close up until 11-10 to the Estonian. Jussifov then scored the next four hits to win 15-10.
Whilst the top two seeds progressed the third and fourth seeds, Boreyko (UKR) and Hanswikkel (HUN) were both beaten. World number one Luca Ferraris (ITA) is also out, to Kevin Mo of the USA.
After taking out 5th seed Reka Benko (HUN) Mihaela Bulica (ROM) comes through a very close match against Poland's Marta Puda. At 14-14 it took Bulica four attempts to close out the match with a single light after four hits were called together.
As the quarter finals get underway there are eight different nations represented.
James Harris faced Vadim Anokhin (RUS) and went into the lead immediately. He held the lead, and was at one point 12-9 up, before the Russian got four hits on the bounce to lead 13-12. They then traded hits until the Russian squeezed out a 15-14 victory - tense stuff!
Ben White fenced Edvinas Nefas (LTU) and although the Lithuanian initially held the lead, Ben reeled him in at 5-5 before opening his own lead to 13-8. Nefas scored the next three hits to reduce the defecit to 2 at which point the fencers scored two double hits leaving Ben the winner 15-13.
Ben now faces 10th seed Sokolovski (BLR) whilst Jon May has Jussifov (EST) in the last 64.
Early favourite Kovaleva (RUS) falls 15-11 to Hungary's Reka Peto but Olga Kharlan (UKR) goes through comfortably 15-5 against Rossella Gregorio (ITA).
It's all going according to plan for Luca Ferraris as the top seed wins all of his poule fights. 2nd seed Garozzo drops one but things are not so good for third Prokhorov as he won just two fights from 6, the opposite of fourth seed Rosello who dropped two fights.
Top seed after the poules though is Julian Seidl (CZE). Bulgaria's Kristian Boyadzhiev is second with Denys Boryeko (UKR) third and Mark Hanzwikkel (HUN) fourth.
Jon May leads the way for the Brits with a fantastic 5 victories from 6 fights, May just dropping his first fight. He is now 15th seed and has a bye through the round of 128. Ben White was three victories from 5 and James Harris 2 from 5. Ben is 55th and has Edvinas Nefas (LTU) in the 128 and James is 83rd Seed and faces Vadim Anokhin (RUS).
The picture shows Ben White fleching and hitting Karl Gardner (CAN) on his way to a 5-3 victory over the tall Canadian pommeller.
Jess fenced 34th seed Lea Scholton (GER) and although she went into an early lead the German was able to change the distance and pull clear. Jess pegged her back with four hits in a row, but it was not enough and the German upped her game again to win 15-8.
After the poules it is good news for 4th ranked Reka Benko (HUN) who wins all of her fights for the loss of 9 hits in a poule of 6 and is now 5th seed. Kovaleva (RUS) and Kharlan (UKR) both drop one fight from five, but Mercado Mendez is three up three down.
Coming out on top after the poules is Julia Gavrilova (RUS). Cecilia Berder (FRA) is second with Lucrezia Sinigaglia (ITA) and Caroline Vloka (USA) in third and fourth.
Jessica Davies leads the way for the Brits with three wins from 5 and is ranked 31st and fences Lea Scholten (GER) in the last 64.
She is followed by Sophie Williams who won 2 fights from 6 and is 48th seed facing Marina Paizi (GRE).
Kira Roberts was just one victory from five and misses the cut to 56, she finishes 58th.
The picture shows Jessica Davies scoring a riposte against Bilgin (TUR) on her way to a 5-0 victory.
First up today is junior women's sabre. The top 4 in action are Melanie Mendez Mercado (PUR), Olga Kharlan (UKR), Viktoriya Kovaleva (RUS) and Reka Benko (HUN). Also fencing is newly crowned cadet world champion, Diamond Wheeler (USA) who is seeded 15th for the event. Brits in action are Kira Roberts, Jess Davies and Sophie Williams. Poules are underway at 8.30am.
Men's epee poules start at 9.30am and the top seeded fencers are Luca Ferraris (ITA), Enrico Garozzo (ITA), Dimitry Prokhorov (ISR) and Pau Rosello (ESP). Brits in action are Ben White, Jon May and James Harris.
Good luck everyone!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The second semi-final will see Ekaterin Kazhikina (RUS) face Kreiss (HUN) after the Russian defeated Japan's Nishioka 15-9 while the Hungarian made her now standard slow start but took complete control to run out a winner 15-6 against Wahlgemuth (AUT).
In the other half of the draw Max Hartung (GER) faces Boris Savich (RUS) after they won their fights 15-11 and 15-10 respectively.
All the British girls bowed out at this stage, Catriona Sibert getting closest with a frustrating 15-13 loss to Anna Bourdakou (GRE).
Early favourites Nikolasz Iliasz (HUN), Mayerwing Rondon (VEN), Vincent Coururier (CAN) are all out but Bon-Gil Gu (KOR) is through to fence Szilagyi (HUN).
Sir Steve then gave a talk with Dame Mary Peters (Northern Irish Olympic Pentathlete) and Jonny Davis (Northern Irish Olympic fencer) and answered questions from the floor.
Maiyuran Ratneswaran was also knocked out, 15-10 the score, by Nikita Nikitin (UKR). Although at the break Maiyuran was just one hit down, the second half of the fight got away from him and he scored 3 hits to the Ukranian's 7.
All top four seeds made it through and are currently fencing in the last 32.
Other Brits in action are Catriona Sibert, seeded 34 after 4 wins and 2 defeats in her poule, who faces Anna Bourdakou of Greece and Lisa McKenzie, seeded 45th with 3 wins and 3 defeats, who gets 20th seed Marta Lyczbinska of Poland. First matches just about to start so don't forget to follow the live scores on the Ophardt Team website.
Leading the Brits is Maiyuran Ratneswaran who was 3 and 3 in his poule of seven, ranked 44th he has a bye to the last 64. Alex Crutchett won two from five fights and Tom Mottershead was one from five after his poule of seven was reduced to six. Alex Crutchett is seeded 56 and faces 73rd seed Tywilliam Guzenski (BRA) but Mottershead finishes 77th missing the cut to 73.
Top of the rankings for men's sabre is Nikolasz Iliasz (HUN) followed by Mayerwing Rondon (VEN), Vincent Couturier (CAN) and Bon-Gil Gu (KOR). British competitors today are Thomas Mottershead, Alex Crutchett and Maiyuran Ratneswaran. Cadet silver medalist Matthias Willau (AUT) is also one of the 99 competitors.
Leading up the women is newly crowned cadet world champion Nzingha Prescod (USA) followed by Fanny Kreiss (HUN), Valentina De Constanzo (ITA) and Marta Lyczbinska. Cadet silver medalist Lee Kiefer joins the 88 strong field as does bronze medalist Alice Volpi (ITA). British hopes for the day are with Lisa McKenzie, Philippa Mullins and Catriona Sibert.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Nista knocked out American Alex Massialas, finding his range with both attack and defence while Luperi showed brilliant timing and distance to overcome Germany's Andre Sinita despite the German's determined efforts to stay with his opponent.
In the other half of the draw Sanita (GER) eased past Kwak of Korea to face Luperi (ITA) who disposed of the other Korean, Lee, 15-5.
Elswhere, Alex Massialas (USA) edged out Von Der Osten of Denmark 15-14 in a fight that see-sawed back and forth and could have gone either way before a single light counter-attack at 14 all clinched the win for the American. Another nail-biter saw Kontochristopoulos (GRE) just get past Chen of China to make the final 8. Both Koreans, Kwak and Lee also progress and are joined by Sinita (GER).
Last 8 matches are Garozzo v. Massialas, Nista v. Kontochristopoulos, Kowk v. Sanita and Lee v. Luperi.
Also through are Luperi (ITA) who survived a late scare against Nakis of Greece to win 15-13. American Alex Massialas also looked in fine form as he cruised past Kamphaus (LUX) 15-6.
Llavador of Spain continued to defy his seeding to emerge victorious against Gabor Nemeth 15-8 and now faces Kwak (KOR).
Two of the Brits fell at this hurdle with Callum O'Donnell being beaten by the speed and accuracy of Hungary's Gabor Nemeth 15-7 and Tom Allen suffering a heavy loss against Chen Li of China. Better news was the progress of Alex Tofalides who beat Yotam Ullman of Israel 15-10 with a typicaly belligerent performance. He faces Brazilian Toldo in the last 32 as the action starts to hot up.
The Topic/Marniak match up looked to be heading for a reasonably comfortable win for the Croatian at 14-8 up, but the Israeli had other ideas and brought it back to 14-13 and pushed the fight into the final period. The equaliser never came though and the Tonic took the victory 15-13. Also having a tougher time of it was Angi Xu (CHN) who beat Erika Kirpu (EST) 15-13. Things were easier for Yujie Sun and Gaia Fratini who ran out 15-2 and 15-4 winners respectively.
Bring on the quarters!
Second seed Dorina Budai progressed 15-7 at the expense of Britain's Amy Radford and it was a similar story for Caitlin Chang who lost 15-8 to Yujie Sun (CHN).
The British contingent all safely negotiated the poules: Callum O'Donnell winning 2 out of 6, Tom Allen also winning 2 from 6 and Alex Tofalides taking 5 wins out of his 6 fights. Their seedings going into the DE are Alex 16, Tom 50 and Callum 51. Alex faces 49th seed Yotam Ullman (ISR), Tom has 15th seed Chen Li (CHN) and Callum draws 14th seeded Hungarian Gabor Nemeth.
Good news also for the two remaining Brits. Caitlin Chang beat Kamila Strug 15-12 and will now face 7th seed Yujie Sun (CHN) in the last 32, that match coming up shortly. Amy Radford beat Louise Fournier (CAN) 15-10. After a tense 6 minutes the referee called non-combativity in the final period at 10-9 to Amy. With piority to the Canadian Amy went on the rampage and ran out a 15-10 victor. Her prize, second seed Dorina Budai (HUN) in the 32.
Women's epee starts shortly at 8.30am followed by the men's foil poules at 10am.
Top of the women's epee seedings is Israel Avital Marniuk followed by Erika Kirpu (EST), Toncica Topic (CRO) and Julia Beljajeva (EST). Britain's Caitlin Chang is not far behind, seeded 7th for the event with Amy Radford at 16 and Rebecca Thomas at 33 out of the 79 entrants.
In men's foil Italy's Daniele Garozzo leads the way with Kontochristopoulous (GRE), Jeremy Goldstein (USA) and Theodoros Nakis (GRE). The British boys start with Alex Tofalides at 30th and Callum O'Donnell and Thomas Allen at 36th and 37th out of the 84 starters.
This morning I have uploaded a further 60 photos from the opening ceremony so take a look at the gallery. More photos will go up later from the fencing on the first and second days and the medal ceremonies.
|Junior and Cadet World Fencing Championships - Belfast 2009|
Good luck everyone!
Monday, April 6, 2009
In the final Varhelyi went into an early lead, only for Wheeler to pull it back and take the lead herself. A spirited fightback by Varhelyi was not enough and Wheeler scooped the gold medal with a 15-12 victory to the delight of the USA supporters who stormed the arena. Wheeler follows in the footsteps of double Olympic Champion Mariel Zagunis and Rebecca Ward, the youngest fencer to hold all three world titles (cadet, junior and senior) at the same time; all three girls are coached by Ed Korfanty.
In men's epee there was no joy for the Italians as Leombruno was beaten by Kase 15-9 and Santarelli left his comeback too late and Glazkov came out a 15-13 winner.
In the final there were a number of doubles and the score remained close before the Russian edged out a 15-12 victory.
Congratulations to all the medalists!
Joining those three in the last 8 are Teemu Seeve (FIN), Robin Kase (SWE), Nikita Glazkov (RUS), Jozef Portes (POL) and Zhibo Shi (CHN)
Replays will be available of each day at the end of the championships to download and you can also putchase a dvd (go to www.247.tv or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
The first 500 viewers of the live stream each day will get free access, after that there will be a £1 charge to cover bandwidth use.
Here's a photo of Chris Hay, whose stop hit sadly isn't enough to beat the fast moving Swede as he closes the distance to make the touch.
Here's a picture of James in action earlier in the poule round.
USA's Diamond Wheeler and Nicole Glon also made it through. Kata Varhelyi beat Olena Kravatska and making up the rest of the last 8 are Kirianova (RUS), Fei Li (CHN) and Zsannett Magyar (HUN).
Coming out on top was China's Gaofeng Shi.
Here's a photo of Anna in action against the Magyar (HUN).
Later on we have cadet men's epee with James Allen, Christopher Hay and Matthew Henderson leading the home charge. Also fencing today is Ireland's Owen McConnell. Top seed is Italy's Marco Leombruno followed by Brazilian Nicolas Ferreira and German Nikolaus Bodoczi. Epee poules start at 10am.
Good luck everyone!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Ibagamov from Russia beat Ukraine's Statstenko 15-9 showing the form that made him Russian Cadet champion.
Speaking to Curtis Miller after his last 16 (final placing 15th) he said he was pleased with his result, but a bit disappointed to lose to Wrobel having fenced him before and beaten him 15-13. Overall though Curtis tells me it was a good day, he was fencing well, and he was very pleased to beat Michael Mills as he had seen him fence well in Budapest earlier in the year. Excellent stuff, thanks Curtis, and good luck for the next time!
Also there are Valkai (HUN), Willau (AUT) 5th Seed, Tsap (UKR), Berre (ITA), Ibragimov (RUS), Statsenko (UKR) and Sung (KOR)
2nd seed Escudero (ESP) fought back against Jun Mo Sung (KOR) to level after being a long way behind, but the Korean regrouped and closed the match out 15-12.
3rd seed Stefano Scepi (ITA) also sucummbed to a Korean, being beaten 15-14 by Woo Sun Kim.
But all this bode well for GBR's Curtis Miller, who after being behind by a couple of hits for most of the fight was able to bring it back and close it out against USA's Michael Mills. He now faces Mariusz Wrobel (POL) whic overcame 8th seed Tomasso Saviozzi (ITA).
Brits Alex Craig, Georgia Hannay and Frankie Pioli all make the cut and head into the direct elimination seeded 21, 23 and 48 respectively.
Britain's Curtis Miller leads the way on 3v from 5 and is 24 seed facing Firat TUR at 1115. Fabio Artesi won 2 from 5 and is 44 seed facing Nikita Li RUS at 1045. Will Fotherby won 1 from 6 and finishes 59.
The incomplete 64 starting shortly, and it's all wireless with video reffing I'm told!
You can follow live results on the Ophardt team website by clicking on the link on the event website www.worldfencing2009.com.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
0900 Men's sabre
1000 Women's foil
1700 Opening ceremony
0900 Women's Sabre
1000 Men's epee
0830 Women's epee
1000 Men's foil
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
“This is great news for sport in Northern Ireland, and a wonderful chance for the public to see world class sport in the province.
With free entry for spectators, the event promises to be great entertainment and is also a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of fencing and increase participation in the sport, particularly in the run up to London 2012.”
- Jonathan Edwards, Deputy Chair of the London 2012 Nations and Regions Group
“Once again Belfast is demonstrating its ability to host a major, world class sporting occasion, bringing positive economic benefit to our City”
- The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Tom Hartley
“It is an honour for Northern Ireland to host the Fencing Championships and I look forward to welcoming all the teams for this international event.
Northern Ireland is fast becoming a thriving sporting hub which offers excellent facilities such as those at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown.
Hosting International sporting events is one of the best ways of showing the world what Northern Ireland has to offer. I would be hopeful that some of the young competitors taking part in these Championships will qualify for the Olympic Games and the people of Northern Ireland could be welcoming them back for pre-games training in 2012.”
- Sports Minister, Gregory Campbell
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
In women's epee Ricarda Multerer (GER) was the highest placed junior competitor at 12th in last weekend's Souvenir J Nowara World Cup in Luxembourg with Yana Zvereva (RUS) an impressive 3rd in the Moscow Region World Cup in Russia the previous weekend. Both are competing in the Junior women's epee event.
In men's epee no less than five cadets and juniors made the last 64 in the Heidenheimer Pokal World Cup in Germany last weekend. Coming out on top at 41st was Germany's Richard Schmidt with fellow cadet Nikolaus Bodoczi, also from Germany, coming 64th. Ayman Alaa El Din Fayz (EGY), Benjamin Cremer (GER) and Andrei Timoce (ROU) all also made the 64 and will be competing in the junior men's epee in Belfast.
Finally, the women's foilists have also been in action with Shiho Nishioka (JPN) coming 16th in last weekend's Challenge Jeanty Grand Prix, Marseille, France. There was also success for juniors and cadets in the previous weekend's Coupe du Monde in Turin. Italy's Martina Batini finished 8th with cadets Olga Calissi and Alice Volpi finishing 20th and 26th respectively. Both are also from Italy and Volpi is competing in both cadet and junior events in Belfast.
Monday, March 23, 2009
On 5th April the Cadet and Junior World Championships start in Belfast. Our very best Cadet and Junior fencers will be taking on the very best fencers in the world. Entries are very high in both the individual and team events.
I do hope as many people as possible will make the efort to visit Belfast and the University of Ulster at Jordanstown to support our British fencers and all of the visiting teams.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Cadet Mens' Sabre - 71
Cadet Womens' Foil - 71
Cadet Mens' Epee - 104
Cadet Womens' Sabre - 49
Cadet Mens' Foil - 85
Cadet Womens' Epee - 80
Junior Mens' Sabre - 103
Junior Womens' Foil - 88
Junior Mens' Epee - 149
Junior Womens' Sabre - 77
Junior Mens' Foil - 124
Junior Womens' Epee - 105
Junior Mens' Team Sabre - 22
Junior Womens' Team Foil - 21
Junior Mens' Team Epee - 37
Junior Womens' Team Sabre - 18
Junior Mens' Team Foil - 26
Junior Womens' Team Epee - 23
Total Individual Entries: 1106
Total Team Entries: 147
Thursday, March 12, 2009
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