Shanghai, China — Andrea Cassara defeated Peter Joppich (GER) in the finals to claim the Grand Prix victory in Shanghai. Miles Chamley Watson paced the US fencers with a top-8 result. Gerek Meinhardt finished 21st, Alex Massailas 28th and Andras Horanya finished 59th. The rest of the US men went out on day 1.
The US men are in action again tomorrow for the team event and then the women’s foilists will take to the piste for their world cup in Shanghai.
It’s been a few years (2008 Beijing Games) since I’d seen 2-Time Olympic Bronze Medalist ’00 and 3-Time Olympian Wiradech “Willi” Kothny. He started his career fencing for Germany, winning a Bronze medal in the individual and team men’s saber competition events at the Sydney Olympics. (His teammates: Dennis Bauer, Alex Weber and Ero Lehman.) He also went on to compete for Thailand in the ’04 and ’08 Games and now makes his home here.
He mentioned an interest in maybe coaching in the USA in the near future and that he’s enjoying life and helping out with the Thai team when his schedule allows. He’s got a website also: http://www.kothny.de/framesn.html
Day 1 of the Thailand Fencing World Cup kicked off with the seeding round. The competition is very small, about 40 competitors so there were only 4 seeding groups of 7 fencing today. Mike Etropolski led the way going 6-0, with the rest of the US fencers, Rhys Douglas went 5-1 and Brad Baker, Luther Clement and Ewen Douglass all going 4-2. Ben Igoe and Tim Morehouse both had byes. Morehouse is ranked 2nd here and Igoe 4th. Other notable fencers competing tomorrow with byes today are Iliasz, Decsi, Lontay of Hungary, Skrodzi, Kuniusz of Poland and Jansen of Venezuela. The Iranians, Hong Kong, British, Philipines and Thai are also countries competing.
Tomorrow fencing resumes at 11am Thailand time or (10pm EST). Morehouse and Igoe fence Thai fencers to make 32, Etropolski fences an Iranian fencer to make 16, Clement fences Abedini of Iran, Ewen Douglas fences Lam of Hong Kong, Baker fences a Thai fencer to make 32 and Rhys Douglas fences Hutchinson of Great Britain.
US National Team Member Ambika Singh just sent me this update via email:
The Men’s foil Grand Prix in Shanghai started yesterday with 8 US men’s foilests and 4 made it to the next day of DE’s which is today. Gerek was in the top 16 so he did not fence pools. Fencing DE’s today are Gerek, Miles Chamley-Watson, Alex Massialas, and Andras Horanyi. Good luck to Men’s Saber! I will update you later today. Men’s foil fences team tommorow and women’s foil world cup starts in 2 days.