Search

London 2012: Heroic Great Britain fencers narrowly fail to defeat champions Italy

11:51 05 August 2012

London

London's Richard Kruse competes for Team GB in fencing

Archant

Men’s team foil quarter-final: Great Britain 40 Italy 45

Great Britain’s men’s foil team bowed out at the quarter-final stage but only after a thrilling battle with gold medal favourites Italy at the Excel Centre.

Three north London fencers – Richard Kruse (Camden), James Davis (Barnet) and Laurence Halsted (Islington) were in the British squad that took on the reigning world champions.

Having suffered disappointment in the individual event on Tuesday, Kruse and Davis led the British charge early on Sunday morning in the opening clash with Egypt, which GB won 45-33 to set up a last-eight-encounter with the Italians.

Davis was first in action in the nine-leg quarter-final, but trailed 3-1 after being edged out by Italy’s Andrea Baldini. However Kruse, the British No1, battled back into contention at 9-10 after a superb clash with world No1 Andrea Cassara.

The Italians restored their lead after leg three featuring GB’s Husayn Rosowski against Cassara, which saw the Italians lead 14-11, but then Davis fenced the best leg of his career to defeat Asrpromonte 9-5 and see GB take a shock 20-19 lead.

Rosowski was then beaten 5-2 by Baldini as Italy regained the lead after the fifth leg at 24-22, but Kruse then had another titanic battle with Cassara, losing 6-4 but keeping GB in contention at 30-26 to the Italians.

The British team management then decided to substitute Rosowski with Halsted, who made his Olympic debut to maintain a fine family tradition with both of his parents also having fought for GB at past Games.

He did not let the family name down, posting a superb 6-5 win over Italy’s weak link Aspromonte, to cut the Italians’ lead to 35-32 with two legs remaining.

Davis returned to the piste for leg eight, with the mighty Cassara facing him, but in what will be the GB fencing squad’s best memory of these Games, recorded a 6-5 win to send the crowd wild and reduce the overall gap to just two points ahead of the final leg.

Kruse returned for leg nine against Italy’s Baldini, with Italy’s lead 40-38, for the most important three minutes of his fencing career.

Ultimately, it was just beyond the 29-year-old who coaches the sport in Camden, as Baldini won 5-2 to take Italy through to the semi-finals with a final score of 45-40.

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 13:15
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham were defeated in Melbourne for the second time this week after a 1-0 loss against a strong Atletico Madrid side in the pre-season International Champions Cup tournament.

Thu, 22:41
Essex's Ashar Zaidi

Pakistan all-rounder Ashar Zaidi blazed an unbeaten half-century to strengthen Essex’s chances of joining Middlesex in the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals.

Thu, 09:14
Sean Cronin leaps to win a header during Monday's victory over Maidenhead. Pic: Martin Addison

Sean Cronin is hoping his experience at the back can enable Wingate & Finchley to challenge for the Ryman League Premier Division play-offs this season.

Thu, 07:06
Nathan Sowter has become a regular member of Middlesex's T20 side. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Leg-spinner Nathan Sowter is seeking to play his part in a rare Twenty20 double for Middlesex this season.

Tue, 18:52
Spurs Ladies forward Bianca Baptiste (right). Pic: Clive Jones

Spurs Ladies won a cup double last season and forward Bianca Baptiste would love to go one better and secure a treble this term – but she believes the focus should be on the league and a top-three finish.

Tue, 18:35
Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette

Lyon have refuted reports that they have received a second bid from Arsenal for star striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Tue, 15:14
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has shown his willingness to put his faith in Tottenham’s youngsters on plenty of occasions, and they will usually thank him for it.

Tue, 07:30
North London players celebrate a wicket from Jordan Gregory in their five-run win against Brentham. Pic: Max Flego

Captain Sam Bardon has urged North London to maintain the impetus of their seven-match unbeaten run as they prepare to face the top two sides in Middlesex County League Division Three.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now