A positive weekend for GB fencing

23rd January 2012

23rd January 2012
Jenny McGeever & Corinna Lawrence hit form ahead of first Olympic Qualifier of 2012
With just a couple of weeks to go until the world’s elite women’s epeeists resume the task of trying to qualify for the London Olympic Games, GB fencers Jenny McGeever and Corinna Lawrence made the final of the satellite event in Stockholm at the weekend.
Ranked 13th after the poule stages, Lawrence battled through two Swedish fencers; Barvestad and 4th seed, Bergdahl, showing her determination and beating them both 15-14. In the round of 8 she lost 15-7 to Kirpu (EST), finishing in 8th place overall. Meanwhile, McGeever, who hadn’t had the best start to the day was ranked 40th going into the Direct Elimination stages. After a very tight 15-14 win over the number 8 seed, Beljajeva (EST), in the round of 32, McGeever comfortably beat Pettersson (SWE) 15-9 to make the top 8.
A tough prospect followed in world ranked 54, Zuikova (EST), but McGeever was not unnerved and guaranteed herself a medal by beating the highly talented Estonian 15-11. Standing in her way to the fight off for the gold medal was Kirpu, who had knocked out Lawrence in the previous stage. The Estonian overcame the young Brit 15-7 in the semi-final, and Embrich (EST) went on to beat her compatriot in the final to take the Stockholm title.
The business of Olympic qualification for the women’s epeeists continues in Doha from 10th February 2012.
Miller bags Junior World Cup bronze in Dourdan whilst Gladdish wins Moneteau U15 event
This weekend saw success abroad for two young British sabreurs in France. Curtis Miller, (19 years old and from Camden Fencing Club,) won the bronze medal at the Junior World Cup in Dourdan and Laura Gladdish took the gold in the Moneteau U15 event.
Miller entered the Direct Elimination stage (of 128 fencers) ranked 26th, having dropped a fight in the first round. His progression to the round of 16 was comfortable, beating Maeda (JPN) 15-9, world number 13 Okunev (RUS) 15-4, and De Meo (ITA) 15-9. Miller won a close fight in the round of 16 against Lambert (FRA) 15-12 and then faced world number 45, Zatko (FRA) for a medal. A tense battle followed but Miller prevailed 15-13. In the fight off for the medals Miller was beaten 15-13 by world number 21, Schroedter (GER). It is hoped that this result for Miller will see his world ranking climb from 24. The competition was won by world number 7, Szatmari (HUN).
Elsewhere in France, Laura Gladdish, (14 years old and from Malling MX Fencing Club) took to the piste in Moneteau with twelve team mates. She dropped just two fights in the first round which left her ranked 13th for the Direct Elimination and meant a bye straight through to the round of 32. She then went on to beat Leclercq (FRA) 10-6 to make the round of 16. A closer fight followed against the number 3 seed Diebold de Mellis (FRA), but Gladdish prevailed 10-9. 
Gladdish wasn’t finished there though and comfortably beat another French fencer in Latour 10-7 to guarantee a medal. She then raced through her semi-final winning 10-4 against the number 2 seed, Gimalac (FRA) and took the title and gold medal by the same score against yet another French fencer in Keiffer.
This was an outstanding weekend of international success for our young GB fencers.

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