Fencing Cadet World Championships Wrap up with a top 16 Finish for Dylan French
BC native Dylan French from Club Dynamo finished 13th in men’s epee at the 2013 Cadet World Championships in Porec, Croatia which wrapped up today. After defeating fourth seed Petr Bradac (CZE) 15-10, French moved onto the round of 16 where he lost to American Jake Raynis 15-12 in a close bout to finish in 13th place. French also qualified and competed in men’s foil where he made it to the round of 64.
“I am very happy and proud to have finished 13th in cadet men’s epee,” stated French. “I was excited that I was able to compete in both foil and epee at this world championships, it was a great experience.”
Canada’s top performance in women’s competition was also from a BC native from Club Dynamo in epee. Emma von Dadelszen fenced a dramatic bout against Cezara Constantin (ROU) and heartbreakingly lost 15-14 to finish in 29th place. Noted von Dadelszen, “The bouts were tough but I fought with my all until the very end. I gave it everything I had and I had fun.”
A few other Canadians had top 32 finishes. Tanya Nelson from Edmonton and coached by Olympic Champion Jujie Luan, finished 31st in cadet women’s foil, while Jihad Kabbaj from Brebeuf finished 32nd in cadet men’s saber.
Competition now continues with the Junior World Championships with women’s foil and men’s saber in action today. All three Canadians – Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton, ON), Alanna Goldie (Calgary, AB) and Jerrica Gu (Edmonton, AB) made it through to the round of 32 in women’s foil and resume competition tomorrow. Harvey and Goldie, currently ranked 4th and 5th in the FIE Junior World rankings, unfortunately face off in their round of 32 bout tomorrow. BC native Shaul Gordon made it through to the round of 32 in men’s saber and will compete again tomorrow.
Complete results can be found at: http://www.engarde-service.com/files/cjwc2013/wcporec2013/