Great Britain’s Men’s Foil team secured the Silver medal on the fourth and final day of the Cadet European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.
Ranked third, Mihkel Archer, Aarav Chaudhari, Callum Penman and David Sosnov formed the British team and their ranking earned them a bye through the incomplete round of 32. They led from the start against Turkey in the round of sixteen, running out 45-38 winners.
They started their quarterfinal match against Poland well to lead 15-7, but the Poles came back well in the middle third to narrow the gap. Great Britain turned that 28-25 score line into a 45-38 victory to make the semi-finals.
A tough match against Hungary was the next hurdle, and again Great Britain took the lead 15-11. The match remained tight in the middle three legs, but the GBR team came through to lead 25-23. Archer, Penman and Sosnov put in a strong finish, making the final 45-36.
The final was against top seeds Italy and despite Sosnov making a great start to lead 5-1, Great Britain fell 15-8 behind after three legs. Italy took the middle three legs too, leading 30-18 with three bouts remaining. Archer came on and closed the gap by five points, but Italy had enough in reserve to claim the gold medal 45-36.
After the medal ceremony, team member Sosnov said,
“I’m very proud of how the team performed and maintained a great attitude throughout the entire day.”
ADP coach Keith Cook, said,
“The Cadet Mens Foil Team performed as a team and worked together to produce another fantastic result. They had tough fights but were able to pick each other up and focus on their strengths and performed under pressure to make another final. Finishing the Cadet EFC season as the Number 1 Team in Europe demonstrates the consistency of performance of this team throughout the season.”
The full results are available here.
Aarav, Callum, David and Mihkel are young athletes on the British Fencing Athlete Development Programme, funded by Sport England. More information about ADP camps, programmes and updates can be found here.
The Cadet and Junior European Championships began on the 21st February in Tallinn, Estonia, and you can follow the live results from the official website.
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