London 2012: Troiano and Bentley see GB through to face Italy

11:17 02 August 2012

Fencer Sophie Troiano helped Team GB through to the quarter finals of the women

Fencer Sophie Troiano helped Team GB through to the quarter finals of the women's team foi. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA wire

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Olympic fencing: Britain’s women team foil team beat Egypt 45-34

London-based duo Sophie Troiano and Anna Bentley helped Britain’s women through to the fencing team foil quarter-finals, beating Egypt 45-34 to set up a meeting with a strong Italian side at the ExCel Arena.

Team GB were always in control after the second bout of a nine but Bentley, 31, opened the contest with a 5-3 defeat to Eman Gaber.

Natalia Sheppard then turned things around against Eman Elgammal thrashing her opponent 6-1, putting Team GB in front at 9-6.

From there the home nation never relinquished the lead as Mayfair’s Lansdowne Fencing Club’s Troiano – who was beaten by team-mate Sheppard in the individual foil – extended the advantage with a close-fought bout against Shaimaa Elgammal.

Another one-sided clash saw Bentley ease to a 6-1 win over Rana el Husseiny, the woman Troiano would go on to narrowly beat after she fell to her first defeat, a 7-5 reverse to gaber – Egypt’s most potent threat.

A further loss for Bentley to Shaimaa Elgammal saw the African nation reduce the overall deficit to nine hits, but Sheppard guided Team GB through in the anchor bout, beating Gaber 9-7.

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