Bronze for Sabre Fencer Gabriella Page at 2019 Senior Pan American Fencing Championships
Individual Competition has come to an end at the 2019 Senior Pan American Fencing Championships in Toronto, Ontario and Canada added another medal to its tally for a total of five medals. The zone championship is an important event in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification process.
Canada’s Gabriella Page (Blainville, QC) completed a great day of competition to finish with a bronze medal. Page had a perfect five wins and zero losses in poules and was seeded second overall going into the elimination round, earning a bye to the top 16’s. There she faced Natalia Botello from Mexico, gold medalist at the 2017 Junior World Championships. Page came away with the win by a score of 15-9. In the quarter-finals, Page defeated Valentin from the Dominican Republic a resounding 15-5 to a earn a place in the medal rounds.
Page faced USA’s Mariel Zagunis in the semi-finals, gold medalist at two Olympic Games with multiple World Championship and World Cup medals and who is making her return to fencing following a maternity leave. It was a very close bout with the lead seesawing between both athletes, but in the end Zagunis won 15-13 to give Gabriella Page a bronze medal.
Canada finishes the Individual competition with a total of five medals, including one silver and four bronze:
Jessica Guo (Toronto, ON), 2nd, Women’s Foil
Kelleigh Ryan (Ottawa, ON), 3rd, Women’s Foil
Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton, ON), 3rd, Women’s Foil
Joseph Polossifakis (Laval, QC), 3rd, Men’s Sabre
Gabriella Page (Blainville, QC), 3rd, Women’s Sabre
Other top 16 results from individual competition include:
Shaul Gordon (Richmond, BC), 5th place, Men’s Sabre
Fares Arfa (Laval, QC), 6th place, Men’s Sabre
Blake Broszus (Canadian living in US), 6th place, Men’s Foil
Marc Gelinas (Blainville, QC), 7th place, Men’s Sabre
Madison Thurgood (Edmonton, AB), 9th place, Women’s Sabre
Alanna Goldie (Calgary, AB), 11th, Women’s Foil
Leonora Mackinnon (Canadian living in the UK), 11th, Women’s Epee
Maxime Brinck-Croteau (Toronto, ON), 12th place, Men’s Epee
Eli Schenkel (Canadian living in US), 13th place, Men’s Foil
Kay Sze (Vancouver, BC), 15th, Women’s Epee
Team competition is underway today through July 2nd with Women’s Foil and Men’s Sabre in action today at the Delta Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre.
Live results can be found at: http://www.fencing.ca/results/2019_pan_am_toronto/ . For live streaming and photos, please visit CFF’s Facebook Page.