Edmonton’s Jujie Luan Wins Silver and Gold at the 2018 Veteran World Fencing Championships
Jujie Luan from Edmonton returned to the world fencing stage with silver and gold medal wins in women’s epee and women’s foil 60+ respectively at the 2018 Veteran World Fencing Championships in Livorno, Italy. Luan is a 1984 Olympic Gold medalist in fencing for China and competed for Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Earlier in the week, Luan reached the finals in women’s epee with four wins and one loss in poules. She then defeated Corinne Aubally from France in the 32’s by a score of 10-5. She won a nail biter in the 16’s by defeating Caroline Rich from the USA 10-9 to advance to the quarter-finals. There Luan had another tough opponent, the number one seed Astrid Kircheis from Germany and came away with the victory in a score of 10-7. Luan defeated Adriana Albini from Italy 10-4 in the semi -finals but lost her final to Elizabeth Koceb from the USA 9-4 in the final to take the silver medal in women’s epee.
In women’s foil 60+, Luan was undefeated in poules and then defeated Christa Zymanski from Germany 3-2 in the 32’s. She then went on to defeat Germany’s Karin Jansen, 10-7 and Kaoru Amari of Japan, 10-1 to advance to the semi-finals. Luan continued her unbeaten streak with an 8-4 win against Sheila Anderson of Great Britain and then took gold after defeating Ludmila Chernova from Russia in the final by a score of 3-2.
“I am very happy to win the 2018 World Championships on the 10th Anniversary of my gold medal win in 2008 (Limoges, France) representing Canada,” Said Luan after the gold medal win. “It took all of my experience to be victorious because I was so tired after taking the Silver medal in Epee. Now I have to rest because tomorrow I fence with Team Canada in the Woman’s Foil team event and the next day I will fence sabre.”
Other Canadians with top 16 performances at Veteran Worlds include Zbigniew Petrusinski who finished 9th in 60+ Men’s Sabre and William Mason who finished 14th in 70+ Men’s Sabre.
Competition at the 2018 Veteran World Fencing Championships continues with more results to come.
In other news, competition has wrapped up for Canadian fencers at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Ariane Leonard from Saint-Lambert, Quebec competed in women’s epee and lost her quarter-final bout to Axelle Wasiak from Belgium to finish in 6th place. Seraphim Jarov (Surrey, BC) lost his top 16 bout to USA’s Isaac Herbst a close 15-13 to finish 9th overall. Jane Caulfield from Edmonton finished 5th in Women’s Foil earlier in the week. Both Leonard and Jarov competed for America 2 in the mixed continental team event finishing 7th overall.