Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Men's Épée and Women's Sabre - London 2012 Olympics

Today I was spectating and seeing the fencing event from the other side of the curtain and wow, we are really putting on a great show and we have been highly commended by top officials at the International Olympic Commitee for the standard we set ourselves from day one.

I am most impressed with how the unpaid volunteers, the Gamesmakers, are conducting themselves and really putting in a great effort to make the London 2012 games a great experience for everyone to remember.

The Men’s Epee event had no Team GB fencers entered although it would have been great to have seen Jon Willis end his fencing career as an Olympian and Philip Marsh gain invaluable experience for his future.

Seth Kelsey from USA was a crowd favourite and was unlucky to miss a medal by loosing 11-12 to Jinsun Jung from Korea. The gold medal was won by Ruben Limardo Gascon from Venezuela and silver went to Bartosz Piasecki from Norway. The final was a fantastic display of fencing and a pleasure to watch.

 In the Women’s Sabre the gold medal went to Jiyeon Kim from Korea who beat Sofya Velikaya from Russia 15-10 and the bronze went to Olga Kharlan from the Ukraine. The prize for the loudest screaming after every point (in my opinion) goes to Diah Permatsari from Indonesia who thankfully for knocked out in the first round.

Team GB’s two fencers, Sophie Williams and Louise Bond-Williams were both knocked out in the first round.

Photos are of the two Gold Medal winners.

Fencing medals so far:
Italy 1 Gold 2 Silver 1 Bronze
Korea 1 Gold 2 Bronze
China 1 Gold 1 Bronze
Ukraine 1 Gold 1 Bronze
Hungary 1 Gold

Venezuela 1 Gold
Russia 1 Silver 1 Bronze
Germany 1 Silver
Egypt 1 Silver

Norway 1 Silver

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