Camden Fencing Club’s magnificent seven impress at World Championships

Jonathon Webb

Jonathon Webb - Credit: Archant

Camden Fencing Club set a new club record as seven of their members competed for their countries in the World Championships – and Jonathon Webb reached the last 16 in the men’s cadet competition.

Webb won four of his five preliminary pool matches in Porec, Croatia, and got a bye through the first knockout round in the Under-17 event.

He went on to beat Olmedo (Spain) 15-14 in the last 64, avenging his defeat in the semi-finals of this year’s Camden International.

The British fencer then defeated his Camden club-mate Rubin Amsalem 15-14 and progressed to face Voronov (Ukraine) in the last 16.

Voronov had won the Camden International in 2012, as well as the silver at the recent European Junior Championships – and he triumphed 15-13 en route to taking the title.

Webb finished 12th out of 79 fencers, while Amsalem was 20th.

Aliya Itzkowitz produced one of Britain’s most outstanding performances in the Under-20 women’s competition, winning four out of her six pool matches and then beating Bourget (Canada) 15-6 in the last 64.

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She then defeated the sixth seed Kim (Korea) 15-14 to set up a last-16 clash with Anna Marton (Hungary) – the world’s No1 ranked junior.

Itzkowitz lost 15-14 on the last hit and the match went to an appeal – but the last hit was given to Marton.

Shreya Anil, 14, has recently joined Camden and she competed in the women’s cadet Under-17 event, winning one pool match but unfortunately failing to progress to the knock-out stages and finishing 56th.

In the men’s junior Under-20 competition, Soji Aiyenuro won three out of six pool matches and beat Kurt [Turkey] 15-6 in the last 128 before losing 15-9 to Chung [Korea] in the last 64 and finishing 50th out of 107.

Camden’s Nuno Esteves was representing Portugal in the men’s sabre and he lost 15-7 to Zaporojcenko (Moldova) in the last 128, coming 71st. Camille Van Hofflen came 90th in the same event.

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