16th October 2011
A round up of Day 7 of the action from the World Championships in Catania.
Chrystall Nicoll ensured the smile returned to her face she put her solo disappointment behind her to help Great Britain’s women’s sabre team close the gap on the world’s top ten on day seven of the World Championships in Italy.
The 25-year-old waved goodbye to Catania with a final outing in the team competition and put in a much improved performance to help Great Britain finish 11th overall thanks to victories over Australia, Tunisia and Spain.
This was a breath of fresh air for Nicoll who had failed to live up to her pre- World Championships billing in the individual event as she finished 54th.
But the fact that she was able to bounce back from this solo disappointment so quickly gives Nicoll hope that the future is bright, and she intends to prove this sooner rather than later.
“The team event went well and it was a nice way to finish with some good victories to finish 11th,” said Nicoll – who like the rest of Britain’s fencing team is supported by Beazley.
“I was disappointed with how the individual competition went but I thought I fenced much better and consistently well in the team event which is a good sign.
“To be able to bounce back from a disappointment is an important thing to be able to do and I showed that I can do that and this bodes well for the future.
“Every competition you do you have to learn and take things away to improve yourself and that is exactly what I will be doing from the World Championships.
“For me it is about cracking on with the next World Cup series next year and doing all I can to make it to London. I still have plenty of time on my hands.”
Nicoll was joined in the team by fellow Brit sabre fencers Joanna Hutchison, Louise Bond-Williams and Sophie Williams.
And after getting her first taste of the global stage Williams insists she is now better prepared than ever to kickstart her assault on London 2012.
“I have learnt so much from the World Championships and I know I am now a better fencer than before I arrived in Italy,” the 20-year-old said.
“The competition was always pretty much about gathering as much information as I could in a short space of time and I believe I have done that.
“And I also improved my world ranking from 91st to 75th so I know I am heading in the right direction and it is about building on this now.”