Camden hosts Europe’s top cadets - and Webb’s among the very best
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Camden Fencing Club hosted the GLL Camden International cadet sabre tournament at Acland Burghley School in Tufnell Park – and their own Jonathon Webb won a bronze medal.
The event, which is an official competition on the European cadet circuit, attracted fencers from 16 nations.
Saturday’s finals were attended by the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Heather Johnson, in addition to a number of other councillors and directors from British Fencing.
They were present as the club’s chairman, Ronald Velden, made a presentation to senior coach Ian Williams on behalf of British Fencing, who awarded the former Olympian with a bronze medal for his outstanding services.
The first semi-final featured Webb – Britain’s top- ranked cadet – as he faced Carlos Olmedo from Spain.
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As Britain’s top-ranked cadet, Webb was the number one seed and he had remained undefeated through the pool stage and the direct elimination phase.
He looked to be in control of his clash with Olmedo, but the Spaniard won the clash 15-10 to leave Webb with a bronze.
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Nevertheless the Camden fencer has had an outstanding season and he is currently ranked fifth on the European circuit – the highest rating achieved by any British fencer since it was established.
Camden’s Rubin Amsalem was also in action, although Britain’s second-ranked cadet did not start quite so well, unexpectedly losing one of his pool matches.
Despite that setback, he fought his way through the first two rounds of direct elimination, defeating France’s No2 Canali 15-11, before losing 15-13 to Lemee (France) and finishing 21st.
That result was bettered by another Camden cadet, William Moore, who finished 12th despite being relatively inexperienced on the European circuit, beating the much-fancied Roser [Spain] and Pitura [Canada].
In doing so, he secured fourth place in the national rankings – and selection for the European Championships in Budapest, along with Webb and Amsalem.
Meanwhile, 14-year-old Eden Amsalem came 21st in his first competition on the European circuit.
Nathan Potter was 46th, Joshua Allen was 54th and Josh Spoor came 67th out of 76 competitors.
The following day, the British men’s A team of Webb, Amsalem, Moore and Deary Truro won bronze, finishing behind two French teams after going down 45-44 to France’s B side.
The medals were presented by Matthieu Gourdain, who won two silver medals for France at the Olympics in 2000.
Meanwhile, Soji Aiyenuro and Alia Itzkowitz have also been selected for the European Under-20 Championships so Camden will have five representatives in Budapest.
GLL are one of Britain’s major sports management companies, and they have confirmed their continued sponsorship of Camden Fencing Club and the Camden International tournament.