International Result Round Up – Chicago World Cup
Kempe top of the Brits
Chicago hosted the only major international senior ranking event last weekend with both men’s and women’s competitions.
Women’s Sabre World Cup – Chicago
Hunter-Thomas, Hutchison and Kempe were the British contingent in a field of 88 fencers in Chicago. Hutchison (V5D1) and Kempe (V4D2) progressed through the poule stages with Hutchsion earning herself a bye to the round of 64. Hunter-Thomas (V0D6) did not make the cut. Kempe was drawn in the preliminary knockout fights but also received a bye. The two British fencers drew each other in the round of 64 and Kempe won 15-11. She went on to draw Marzocaa (ITA) in the round of 32 and narrowly lost 15-13. Kharlan (UKR) won the event beating Zagunis (USA) 15-10. The bronze medals went to Vecchi (ITA) and Zhu (CHN).
There were eleven entries to the team event that was won by the USA who beat Italy 45-35. The bronze medal went to China who beat Russia 45-34. Great Britain did not enter a team.
GB individual placings: Kempe 31st, Hutchison 37th and Hunter-Thomas (not listed).
Men’s Sabre World Cup – Chicago
Only Jack Boteler and James Honeybone competed in the men’s event, joining a field of 110 fencers. Honeybone (V3D2) was the only British fencer to progress as Boteler (V1D5) was cut after the first round. Honeybone drew Meng (USA) in the preliminary round of 64 and beat him easily 15-6. In the round of 64 he drew Liu (CHN) and lost 15-9. The gold medal went to Szilagyi (HUN) when Kim (KOR) pulled out of the final match through injury. Szilagyi also progressed through the semi-final when Limbach (GER) pulled out through injury. Apithy (FRA) joined Limbach in the bronze medal position.
There were fourteen entries to the team event that was won by Romania who beat Belarus 45-26. The bronze medal went to France who beat Russia 45-39. Great Britain did not enter a team.
GB Individual placings: Honeybone 54th and Boteler 102nd.
This weekend’s senior ranking events are the Buenos Aires Men’s Epee World Cup, the Leipzig Women’s Epee World Cup and the Havana Men’s Foil World Cup. These are the last major senior world ranking events ahead of the London Olympic Games.
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