British Fencer Climbs into World’s Top Ten
Owen Jordan won the silver medal in San Salvador at the weekend. He topped the seedings after winning all of his first round poule fights. His ranking meant he had the luxury of a comfortable passage to the quarterfinals starting with a bye, followed by a 15-6 victory over Morales Castro (CRC).
Compatriot, Will East was his opponent in the top eight and a close fight followed, with Jordan winning 15-14. His semi-final opponent was Belgium’s third highest ranked fencer, Felix Blommaert who commanded the fight early on. At 12-10 Jordan changed his approach to the match and managed to level the fight at 14-14. With the momentum with the British fencer, he confidently launched a direct lunge attack to take victory.
In the final he faced Brazilian World number six, Alexandre Camargo who started the fight well. Jordan struggled to contain his opponent’s accuracy and strength, getting hit on the arm with almost every touch. A late rally from Jordan saw him close the gap but the Camargo’s lead was decisive and he went on to win 15-10. The result means that Jordan collected his second World Cup silver medal of the season.
Speaking after the event, Jordan said, “I am extremely happy to secure my second medal at a World Cup. This will put me in a good place for the rest of the International season. I could not have done this without the coaches and support at Leon Paul Epee. I would also like to thank The Epee Club for the grant they awarded me. This trip would not have been possible without their support.”
Jon Willis, British Epee Manager added, “At the start of the season, Owen & I sat down and planned what we wanted to achieve this season. Along with his hard work and help from the The Epee Club’s Charitable Fund, Owen has smashed his target of a World Cup medal and a world top ten ranking. He now has two World Cup medals and will be ranked seventh in the world as a Junior when the rankings are next published. This puts us in the wonderful position of having to sit down and talk about stretched targets!”
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