Fencing.Net: Vezzali Wins Seoul for 71st World Cup Gold

Valentina Vezzali - Queen of Foil

By Craig Harkins (www.fencing.net)

Italian foilist Valentina Vezzali won her 71st World Cup Gold and added yet another credit to the claim of best fencer ever with a 15-7 win over Virginie Ujlaky (FRA) in the finals of the Seoul Grand Prix.

The US placed two fencers in the top-32 as Doris Willette took 22nd and Nzingha Prescod finished 24th.
(Read Whole Article: www.fencing.net)


Team USA Fencing is in 2nd place behind Russia and ahead of France and Hungary in the race to win the  Jr. Worlds Nations Cup.     Team USA has never won the all-around tournament at any World Jr. Sr. or Olympic championships and with only a  few events remaining it’s looking like this could be a historic year!

Bronze medal performance by the Jr. Men’s Saber Team and a silver medal in women’s Epee team propelled the team closer to Russia.    Congratulations to the feners, coaches and cadre!


You can check the scoreboard (yet another fencing scoring system. I don’t understand this one!)

Great updates from www.fencing.net here:

Pictures courtesy of Serge Timachef.

Fencing.net: Meinhardt (USA) Receives Silver Medal Amid Controversey at Jr. Worlds in Baku

Meinhardt battles Lari in the semi-finals

From Craig Harkins at www.fencing.net: (Pictures courtesy of Serge Timachef)
In an unprecedented move by the FIE, the original silver medal winner was excluded from the event and, as a result, bronze medalist Gerek Meinhardt will be awarded the silver

Serge Timacheff reported in person on the event: “Italian Tommaso Lari, who apparently broke a wireless device, threw some things, and swore at the referee after losing the final bout to Egyptian Alaa El din El Sayed, was given a black card by the referee. The FIE has upheld the call after reviewing the issue.”


ESPN Magazine Story on Tim and Jason


Next time you’re at a magazine shop, check out the June edition of ESPN the Magazine where there is a short story on Jason Rogers and me on Page 23!

Have to love the “Parry Time” headline!  Props to Patrick Cain for a great article!

Next step will be getting on the cover!

Thanks to our champion Craig Harkins of www.fencing.net for a nice shout out : http://blog.fencing.net/how-to-market-fencing/162/ (We appreciate it Craig!)

National Team Fencer Susan Scanlan Briefly Detained in China on Swine Flu Fears

From Craig Harkins at www.fencing.net:

Fears of the Swine Flu outbreak have already caused the cancellation of a Grand Prix fencing event in Puerto Rico this June, but now have also resulted in the detaining of US fencer Susie Scanlan who was joining the US team to compete at a Grand Prix event in China. Scanlan, who trains at Princeton University in New Jersey, was one of 75 US passengers on a flight into China who showed elevated temperatures and was detained upon entering the country until she could be medically cleared.
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Crazy stuff! 

Hope the experience wasn’t too scary for her!

“Fencing is a Sexy Sport” Campaign Catching On!

The re-branding of fencing as a sexy sport and it’s fencers as the modern day Knights of our time continues with fencing.net founder Craig Harkins…

Carolina Fencing Shot Girl

Craig posted a “fencing is a sexy sport” entry today on his blog with this  picture of a girl from an NC Fencing Alumni event wearing a Carolina Fencing Shirt.

Check it out:

Italian Fencer Andrea Baldini’s Doping Suspension is Upheld

Craig Harkins at www.fencing.net posted this article:

Andrea Baldini’s suspension from fencing was upheld today by the FIE Tribunal and the sentence of a 6 month suspension verified.  This means that Baldini’s suspension was actually concluded in February and he will be able to start fencing on the FIE circuit with the next event. (Read Full Article)