Budapest Grand Prix
Five British men lined up in a huge field of two hundred and sixty-nine in Hungary at the weekend. All of them made it through the first round – Harrison Nichols (V4D2), Thomas Edwards (V3D3), Calum Johnston (V2D4), Greg Allen (V2D4) & Christopher Hay (V2D4). Edwards and Hay went out in the first preliminary qualifier to Vinnicky (ISR) and Xue (CHN) respectively. Nichols progressed with a bye as Johnston took out Smith (USA) 11-10 and Allen beat Grasbeck (FIN) 15-14. Nichols then lost 15-7 to Diabate (MLI), Zhu (CHN) beat Johnston 15-1 and Blaszyck (FRA) edged Allen 15-13.
Jung Jinsun (KOR) won the event beating Kazuyasu Minobe (JPN) in the final as Park Kyoungdoo (KOR) and Andrea Santerelli (ITA) shared the bronze medal position.
Just two British fencers were amongst the field of one hundred and ninety-eight in the women’s event. Julie Henson won one of her six first round fights which was not enough to progress. Katrina Smith won three from six fights which meant that she made the preliminary qualifier. She faced Pochkalova (UKR) and went out 15-13.
Rosella Fiamingo (ITA) beat Choi Injeong (KOR) in the final to take the title. Julia Beljajeva (EST) and Ayaka Shimookawa (JPN) shared the bronze medal position.