Weekend Recap – Canada’s Sabre and Epee athletes in action with great Performances by our Cadet Sabre Fencers
Canada's Cadet (U17) Sabre Fencers were in action this past weekend at a European Circuit event in London, England, one of the Canadian Fencing Federation selection tournaments for the 2015-16 season.
Canada came away with two medals – bronze in both the men's and women's team events.
The Canadian women's team, which consisted of Julia Creusot (Prince Albert, SK), Marina Guintchitskaia (Edmonton, AB), Kathy Hu (Canadian in Shenzen, China) and Zoe Wu (Markham, ON), won all of their poule matches and were seeded third overall going into the elimination rounds. Canada defeated Japan 45-37 in the quarter-finals to advance to the semi-finals. They then faced the strong Romanian 1 team and lost 45-22 which put them in the running for a bronze medal. Canada did not disappoint and defeated Belgium 45-36 to come away with the medal.
The Canadian Men's team also won bronze. The team of Francois Cauchon (Montreal, QC), Angelo Chiara (Montreal, QC), Matthias Leuprecht (Kingston, ON) and Hunter Moricz (North Vancouver, BC) won all of their poule bouts and went into the elimination round ranked first overall. They faced Bulgaria in the quarter-finals and won 45-32. They lost a close semi-final to France 45-43 and then faced Japan for another tough bout in the bronze medal final, winning an exciting 45-44 to earn bronze.
Canada also had several top 16 Individual performances. Marina Guintchitskaia finished 7th in women's Individual Sabre in a field of 80 fencers, while Hunter Moricz finished 9th and Angelo Chiara finished 12th in Men's Individual Sabre which had 106 fencers.
Canada's Senior Sabre fencers were also in action this weekend, taking part in World Cup Rio qualification events. Canada's top performers at the Men's Sabre World Cup in Budapest, Hungary were Shaul Gordon (Richmond, BC) and Joseph Polossifakis (Laval, QC) who both made the round of 64, earning two qualification points. Gordon finished ranked 38th while Polossifakis was 61st overall. Gabriella Page (Blainville, QC) was the top Canadian at the Women's World Cup in Orleans, France finishing 83rd overall. The Canadian Women's Sabre Team lost to Germany in the round of 32 by a score of 45-40 to finish 19th overall. Canada's men's team did not compete in the team event which will not be an event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio along with Women's Team Foil.
Canadians also took part in the Epee Cadet European Fencing Circuit event in Klagenfurt, Austria. Canada had two teams entered in the Women's team event and Canada 1, composed of Cindy Gao (Toronto, ON), Natasha Kis Toth (Richmond, BC) and Emily Mason (Pitt Meadows, BC) finished 8th out of 29 teams. Canada's Men's Team of Nikola Damjanovic (Toronto, ON), Seraphim Hsieh Jarov (Surrey, BC), Fynn Fafard (Roberts Creek, BC) and Riley Norman (Stettler, AB) finished 12th out of 36 teams. The top Individual results were Cindy Gao who was 26th out of 205 fencers, and Nikola Damjanovic who was 50th out of 239 fencers.
Leonora MacKinnon (Canadian in Newbury, GB) participated in the Women's Epee Satellite tournament in Oslo, Norway and finished 9th out of 43 fencers, just short of earning an Olympic qualification point.