Kenber targets last 16 in Italy

11th October 2011

11th October 2011
A round up of Day 2 of the action from the World Championships in Catania.
Jamie Kenber insists he won’t rest until he has achieved his goal of reaching the final 16 after a promising opener to his assault on the World Fencing Championships on day two in Italy.
The 24-year-old was the highest place Brit at the European Championships in Sheffield three months earlier, finishing the foil in 23rd, and showed glimpses of why from the outset in Catania.
After winning five of his six pool fights Kenber dispatched Singapore’s Jie Wu 15-8 to book himself a spot in Thursday’s final 64.
But with his sights set on finishing much higher, Kenber insists he still has work to do if he is going to leave Italy with a smile on his face.
“Even though I am pleased to have made it through all my rounds I am indifferent with how I fenced,” said Kenber – who like the rest of the British fencing team is supported by Beazley.
“I had some good moments but I also had some not very good moments so I am not going to get carried away any time soon.
“While I can take away a lot of positives for my next fight I also take away a fair few things that I need to work on.
“Luckily we have two full days to go away, rest up and start to iron out the things that I am not so happy with.
“I said before I came out here that I want to finish in the top 16 so I am not going to celebrate just yet as I have two more fights to do just that and I am determined to do it too.”
Elsewhere there was more joy in the men’s foil as both Richard Kruse and Laurence Halsted won all five of their pool fights to automatically book a spot in the final 64, although there was disappointment for Ed Jefferies who fell just short thanks to a 15-10 defeat to Russian Artem Sedov.
In the women’s epee Georgina Usher, Corinna Lawrence and Elisa Albini all qualified for Thursday’s final 64, however Jenny McGeever’s first senior World Championships ended just after she escaped her pool with a 15-11 loss to Alexandra Avena from Mexico.
All four women’s sabre competitors also live to fight another day as Chrystall Nicoll, Sophie Williams, Louise Bond-Williams and Jo Hutchinson made it a day to remember in Italy.
Monday also saw Britain’s wheelchair fencers get underway and top Brit was Simon Wilson in the men’s foil category A as he reached the final 32 before losing out to China’s Jun Chen Yi 15-6.
And with the epee still to come on Friday, Wilson has vowed to build on his early form.
“I have to be pleased with finishing as the top Brit and I can take a lot of confidence from this going forward,” said Wilson.
“I was fairly pleased with how I did even if I thought I should have won more fights than what I did but you can’t get caught up thinking about this.
“I have a chance to make amends in the epee and I will do all I can to make sure I give me self as good a chance as possible and fight for every single point.”

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