Marcus Mepstead has secured a provisional European qualification place ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Following the final qualification period competition in Doha on March 28th, 2021, Marcus Mepstead has provisionally secured a qualification slot for the Tokyo Olympic Games. His place will now be confirmed through the official nomination and ratification process.
Following the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the qualification principles were revised and approved last year by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Qualification Task Force, as part of the work of the “Here We Go” Task Force.
Marcus completed the qualification period at the Fencing Grand Prix in Qatar, where he finished in the last 64 against Guilherme Toldo (BRA) and claimed one of the European qualification slots in the process. Speaking after the event, Marcus said, “Not a good performance today, but enough points secured over the “year” to secure the European qualification spot. We keep going.”
BF’s CEO, Georgina Usher said, “Marcus has demonstrated a huge amount of determination and focus throughout the extended qualification period. He continues to set a fantastic example for our pathway athletes with his dedication to excellence and his work ethic, whilst inspiring all of us across the community with his performances and results. Credit and thanks must also go to all those working behind the scenes that have supported Marcus so far on his journey to Tokyo. His provisional qualification is very exciting news and we look forward to supporting him through the next stages of the process.”
An official announcement and more information will follow as the process is completed. Meanwhile, following the completion of the final FIE competitions in the direct qualification period, the BF Adjusted Ranking Lists are published for athlete review in preparation for Zonal Qualifier Selections.
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