Canadian Fencers Fares Arfa and Shaul Gordon advance to Top 64’s on Day One of the Senior World Fencing Championships

By Caroline Sharp July 19, 2018

The Senor World Fencing Championships in Wuxi, China opened on day one with Individual competition in Men’s Sabre and Women’s Epee.

Two of Canada’s Men’s Sabre Fencers successfully advance to the top 64, which takes place Sunday, July 22ndFares Arfa from Laval, Quebec and Shaul Gordon who is originally from Richmond, BC but now lives and trains in Montreal, both made it through to Sunday’s competition.

Arfa finished with a record of four wins and one loss in poules.  He then defeated Tsung Yu Chu from Taipei 15-11 in his elimination bout. Arfa, seeded 41st in the top 64 tableau, will face 24th seed Tiberiu Dolniceanu from Romania on Sunday.

Gordon finished with an impressive five wins and one loss in his poules, tying him in 15th place overall in the seeding after poules, which advanced him directly to the top 64’s. Seeded 32nd, he will fence 33rd seed Yang Lu from China when the Men’s Sabre Individual competition final round resumes on Sunday.

Teammate Marc Gelinas (Blainville, QC) lost his elimination bout and finished in 84th place.

It was a tough day for Canada’s Women’s epee athletes with no one advancing to the top 64.  Malinka Hoppe Montanaro (Montreal, QC) and Zi Shan (Shirley) Guo (Toronto, ON) both lost their elimination bouts and finished in 72nd and 76th respectively.  Leonora MacKinnon (Canadian living in the UK) and Kay Sze (Vancouver, BC) failed to advance after poules.

Individual competition resumes today with Men’s Epee and Women’s Foil in action. For full results, please visit:  2018 Senior World Championship Live Results.  Photos and updates can also be found on the CFF Facebook page.

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