Sunday, 29 July 2012

Men's Individual Sabre - London 2012 Olympics

After a predictable first days fencing in women’s Foil yesterday with the top four seeds all going through to the semi-finals, the men’s individual sabre on day two was full of upsets with top seeds going out early. The semi-final fencers were ranked sixth, eighth, ninth and fourteenth!

But at the start of the day James Honeybone from Truro,  GB’s only competitor in Men’s Sabre entered the field of play to a rapturous applause from the audience  but his Olympic experience was cut short by being outclassed in the Last 64 by Valery Pryiemka of Belarus who quickly worked out Honeybone’s tactics and won 15-9. Pryiemka scored three identical points using a stop hit to wrist on Honeybone’s attack, the same tactic used by our Ben Dines at the British Youth Championships! But at the young age of 21 years old Honeybone can look forward to competing in the next three Olympic Games providing he qualifies in his own right.
Without a GB fencer most of the audience turned their attention to USA and vocally supported James Williams, Daryl Homer and Tim Moorehouse who all fenced well. Homer and Moorehouse reached the quarter-finals before being knocked out.
The final, between Aron Szilagyi from Hungary and Diego Occhiuzzi from Italy was won by the Hungarian 15-8 and the Bronze went to Nikolay Kovalev from the Russian Federation. Szilagyi was the crowds favourite to win just to stop Italy winning another Gold!
At the time of publishing the days fencing can be found here.
Medal Table so far:
Italy: 1 Gold 2 Silver 1 Bronze
Hungary 1 Gold
Russian Federation 1 Bronze

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