Malcolm Cawton Reclaims the title he won in 2013
Yesterday, British fencer, Malcolm Cawton, reclaimed the World Championships title that he won in 2013 by beating German, Wolfgang Nettingsmeyer 10-6 in the final to become the Cat c Men’s Sabre Champion.
An impressive start to the day saw him drop just one fight out of six in his first round poule. Ranked second for the direct elimination stages, he went on to beat Kitano (JPN) 10-3, Dobrzanski (USA) 10-3, Filippi (ITA) 10-5 and Anastasov (MKD) 10-3 to make the gold medal match.
He dominated the early stages of the gold medal match with attacking intent to take a 5-1 lead at the break. The German came out for the second period in much more aggressive fashion but Cawton dealt with that and opened up the lead to 9-1. Adjusting the distance, Nettingsmeyer rattled out six unanswered hits and all of a sudden the fight seemed to be slipping away. Cawton took a deep breath and landed the Championship winning hit.
In his post match interview, Cawton took the opportunity to thank his team for their support, going on to say; “This is fantastic. I won it three years ago and never thought it would happen again – but it has.”
The other British fencers competing in this event, William Osbaldston, Andras Bornemisza and Peter Baron finished eleventh, eighteenth and nineteenth respectively.
On day one, Tony Bartlett claimed the silver medal in the Cat B Men’s Foil, missing out 10-7 in the final to Oba (JPN).
The Championships continues in Stralsund, Germany until 16 October.
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