On Sunday 3rd November, Cameron Evans finished third at The London Cup in a field of 178. The London Cup is senior domestic event which also forms part of the European Fencing Confederation U23 ranking series, attracting fencers from across Europe.
Cameron scored three victories from six first round poule fights which gave him a ranking of 95 and a bye through the incomplete round of 256. He then beat strong Russian, Federov 15-9 before comfortably defeating Sarmany of Slovakia 15-2. His next opponent was Holland’s top Junior fencer Giacon. A disciplined and well executed game plan saw Cameron vary between attack and defence to lead throughout. Despite a late fightback from Giacon, Cameron took the fight 15-11. In the top 16 match Frenchman Bekkat posed no real threat and was beaten 15-7. Another French fencer stood in the way of a guaranteed medal for Cameron. Carasena had used his strong attacking approach to get to the quarterfinals but Cameron was too strong, completely controlling the fight and going on to win 15-6.
In the semi-finals he faced another French fencer, National Team Junior, Rafael Savin. Another attacking fencer with great timing, Savin built a big lead which Cameron closed down towards the end of the fight. However, Safin won 15-12 and went on to win the tournament, beating teammate Armand Spichiger in the final. Cameron shared the bronze medal position with Poland’s Maciej Bem.
Speaking after his bronze medal winning performance, Cameron said, “I feel like I really came out today with a renewed focus following my disappointed results from the day before in the Eden Cup event. Thanks to my coaches Anya Katkova, Renal Ganeev and Ziemek Wojciechowski, along with great coaching from Chris Galesloot, I was able to capitalise on that and go deep into the event.”
ADP Lead Foil Coach, Chris Galesloot added, “It was a pleasure to see Cameron fence today. His focus, discipline and choice of actions was of a high level. Cameron has a very strong defensive game and when in form as today, he is very difficult for any fencer to break through. However, for me the real gain in his development is the increase in attacking and pressing power that he showed today.”
Further strong GB results in this great weekend at Sportsdock were a 15th place for Bronwen Granville in the Women Foil London Cup and a 21st Eden Cup Junior World Cup place finishes for Isaac Jolley and Teagan Williams-Stewart on Saturday.
The trophy for the London Cup was kindly donated by Leon Paul.
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