GB sabreurs set sights on team event

13th October 2011

13th October 2011
A round up of Day 4 of the action from the World Championships in Catania.
Chrystall Nicoll has vowed to prove her world-class fencing credentials at the final time of asking after suffering disappointment on day four of the World Championship in Italy.
The 25-year-old was back in action in Catania in the final 64 of the women’s sabre competition, but failed to progress, going down 15-10 to Poland’s Bogna Jozwiak.
All is not lost for Nicoll however as she has the sabre team event to look forward to on Saturday, offering her a chance to make amends.
And after feeling as though she let an opportunity pass her by in the individual ranks, Nicoll is adamant she won’t let lightning strike twice.
“I am bitterly disappointed to be out because my game plan was right, I just didn’t execute it very well,” said Nicoll – who like the rest of Britain’s fencing team is supported by Beazley.
“I thought it was a good draw for me and that it could have been a lot harder and when I did what I wanted to do well it worked, I just didn’t do it often enough.
“When a setback like this happens to me I get really angry and I want to prove that I am world-class fencer as soon as possible.
“Luckily for me I have the team event to do just that and I will be heading into that competition now with more fire and looking to show what I can do.
“I like fencing in the team event and I don’t want to let myself or the team down so I will be doing all I can to put a smile back on my face.”
Nicoll isn’t the only Brit women’s sabre fencer looking to make amends in the team event as Louise Bond-Williams, Joanna Hutchinson and Sophie Williams all failed to make it through to the final 32.
Meanwhile, Britian’s wheelchair fencers Vivien Mills and Simon Wilson failed to record a victory in the women’s sabre and men’s epee respectively.
However, Craig McCann had more joy, winning three of his pool fights to make it to the final 32 before losing to Spain’s Fernando Granell 15-4.
“My aims coming in to the epee were to win two of my pool fights and qualify for direct elimination and I won three and qualified so I exceed my own expectations there,” McCann said.
“I am disappointed with the final fight I lost though as I started strongly but he seemed to figure me out quite quickly and he has been around for a long time and I struggled to get back at him.
“But it was nice to improve and hopefully I have done enough to earn selection for the team event later in the week because that is one of my aims ahead of London 2012.”

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