The first men’s saber prediction challenge was a hit with 50 people filling out brackets with their best guesses for results at the Bulgaria World Cup.
Stephen was victorious with 104 points barely eeking out a win over Jason Choy with 100 points. It was a tough competition to predict with only 1 fencer in the top-16 making it to the round of 8!! Both Stephen and Jason picked Limbach to be victorious. Stephen had Zhong, Dumetrescu and Montano in his top-4 as well.
Rounding out the top 10: 3rd Place: Sam Hunter. 4th: Mr. MightyMouse 5th: Teddy Weller 6th: Kevin 7th: Pasquale 8th: Ben 9th: Molinjir 10th: Eric Arzoian
Plovdiv, Bulgaria — 2009 World Champion Nicolas Limbach captured the gold over 2008 Olympic Champion Man Zhong 15-11. Italian fencers, Dieggo Ochiuzzi and Liugi Miracco both finished 3rd after a strong day of fencing for both.
For the USA, Tim Morehouse advanced to the top-32 defeating Jiang of China 15-14 before falling to Alexey Yakimenko 9-15. Ben Igoe fell 14-15 to Desci (HUN) and Homer lost to Nicholas Limbach 13-15 in the round of 64.
Yakimenko is making his return after a 2-month suspension by the Russian Fencing Federation for unsportsmanlike conduct at a competition. He looked strong defeating Szilagy (HUN), Morehouse (USA) and Dumetrescu (ROM) before falling to Mirraco (ITA).
There were a lot of upsets throughout the tournament. Only one fencer in the top-16 advanced to the round of 8.
In the round of 64: Hutchinson (GBR) defeated Pillet (FRA) 15-14. Moreno (ESP) defeated Nemscik (HUN) 15-14. Bela (HUN) defeated Lopez (ESP) Dolniceanu (ROM) defeated Pina.(ESP)
In the controversial bout of the day, Apithy (FRA) defeated Marti (ESP)15-14 on a disputed call. Marti made a lunge which landed as Apithy retreated and then took over to riposte and the referees spent 10 minutes determining if Marti’s foot landed first, meaning his attack would be short, if if the blade landed first. By a tiny amount they determined his foot landed first and gave the point to Apithy…
However, they spent so much time watching Marti’s feet that they missed Apithy potentially crossing his feet which would have given the bout to Marti. Apithy had already left the strip as Marti tried to get them to look at the replay again to see his feet and he stood on the strip for 15 minutes as various conversations took place, but the bout was ultimatley awarded to Apithy.
Kosikov (RUS) was beating Wang (CHN) 8-0 a tthe break before Wang retired citing a back injury.
Gdansk, Poland – The Women’s foil world cup got underway today with US fencer Lee Kiefer having a strong day. She won all her matches in pool play as she advanced to the second day as the #1 seed for the first day and 17th seed overall. Amibika Singh, Doris Willette and Nicole Ross also advanced.
Nzingha Prescod, Epiphany Georges, Madison Zeiss failed to advance to the bracket of 64.
Did you know President Obama fenced in front of the White House and that he says he loves the sport?
That our women’s saber team swept the medals at the Beijing Olympics and that overall team USA fencing took home 6 medals at the Games?
That the hit ABC show Modern Family has an entire episode based around the sport? (And many other shows have done the same!)
That fencing is featured in numerous advertisements around the world?
That fencing is a hot sport done by hundreds of thousands of people in the USA alone in clubs, after-school programs, high school teams, in the NCAA and other places? (And yes, that’s Natalie Portman fencing above)
Fencing is one of the greatest sports in the world and I’m hoping you’ll help me spread the word! Since we’re not on television a lot, it’s essential that we have a strong presence online. I’m working to centralize as many fun resources, pictures and articles as possible, but we need to be organized to grow and we all need to be involved!
WAYS YOU CAN HELP: 1) Please follow me on twitter: www.twitter.com/timmorehouse (For updates on the USA Olympic and National teams and other fun fencing stuff)
2) Join the 100,000 Fencers Facebook group: (CLICK HERE) (To show our strength in numbers and share resources!)
3) Tweet/Blog about our sport and feel free to Send me good fencing stories and pictures and I’ll post them!
Just found this program that let’s you create brackets which allow others to predict results. You’ll need to register, but its free, and I’ve inputted all the matches for tomorrow. Once I input the final results it will determine the winner.
I’ve been thinking of ways to get people more excited about following the USA fencing teams. Even just within the large US fencing community itself–several hundred thousand fencers strong) So I’m interested to see if this gets anyone excited…
Plovdiv, Bulgaria – International competition number 4/11 for team USA got off to a rocky start.
On the positive side, Daryl Homer and Ben Igoe advance. Homer went 3-3 in his pool and advanced by defeating Torchuk (UKR) 15-11. Ben Igoe went 3-3 in his pool and then defeated Gorski (POL) 15-14 to move onto day 2.
Olympian James Williams went 4-2 in his pools, but was elminated by Nagy (HUN) 14-15. Mike Etropolski went 3-2 before falling to Dolniceanu (ROM) 7-15 and Barron Nydham went 4-2 before falling to Jansen (VEN). Andrew Fischl went 1-5 in his pools and failed to advance.
In tomorrow’s bracket of 64, Tim Morehouse fences Jiang (CHN), Igoe squares off against Decsi (HUN) and Daryl Homer faces World Champion Limbach (GER).