Carolina Stutchbury claimed the Bronze medal in the Junior Women’s Foil individual event on the first day of Junior European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.
Ranked third in a field of seventy-four, Stutchbury won every one of her first round fights and carried third seed into the knockout phase of the tournament.
She earned a bye through the round of 64 before going on to beat Poppel (SWE) 15-8, Kagan Tyagunov (ISR) 14-5 and Druck (ISR) 15-11 to make the podium matches.
Her semi-final opponent and number two seed, Kristina Petrova (UKR), who had knocked out Amelie Tsang in the quarterfinals, had also secured bronze at the Lima Junior World Cup in November. She proved a tough opponent and beat Stutchbury 15-4.
Giulia Amore (ITA) beat Petrova in the final 15-13 to claim the European title, and Stutchbury shared the bronze medal position with Ariadna Tucker (ESP).
Speaking afterwards, Carolina said,
“I’m so happy! The most pleasing thing for me is that some of the new technical elements of my game started to come out. I want to say thank you to Dimitri, my coach, and the whole of the British Fencing support staff.
“I’m now focused on refining my competition preparation to see if I can go one further next time. I’m now really looking forward to World Championships in three weeks. Lastly, I wanted to thank my club, Epic Fencing Atlanta, and all of my team mates from SCAD Fencing.
“Can’t wait to share this moment with family and friends on my return home, but in the meantime – bring on the team event!!”
The full results are available here.
Carolina is one of the 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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