Canadian Sabre Fencers move on to the round of 64 at World Championships in Russia
Today marks the first day of competition at the 2014 Fencing World Championships in Kazan, Russia. The competition will stretch over eight days and will see fencers from across the globe compete in the city often honourably recognized as the “Sports Capital” of Russia.
First on the schedule for the World Championships was both men and women’s Senior Sabre. In the men’s division, the first day of competition saw the fall of Phillipe Beaudry and Fares Arfa but Richmond, BC native Shaul Gordon has made it to the round of 64 where he will fence the American Daryl Homer.
Over in the women’s sabre division, both Frederic Chevarie and Pamela Brind’Amour were eliminated in the opening day, but two Canadian fencers made it to the round of 64. Edmonton, AB native Marissa Ponich will face the Greek Vassiliki Vougiouka in the round of 64 and Blainville, QC native Gabriella Page will compete against the German Stefanie Kubissa.
Both men and women’s sabre will go on until the 18th and competition in both men and women’s foil will begin tomorrow. Look on FencingWorldwide.com for scheduling and results and be sure to keep posted on the CFF website and Facebook for updates on all the Canadian fencers as they compete in Kazan, Russia.