Fencer Tofalides receives London 2012 Olympics boost

ALEX Tofalides gave credence to his hopes of securing a place in the Great Britain team at the London 2012 Olympics by winning gold at the Birmingham International Open at the weekend.

The 18-year-old beat Rhys Melia, the GB No4 seed, 15-10 in a thrilling final of the men’s foil to secure top honours at the international competition.

The victory continues the Salle Paul fencer’s impressive form in high-profile events, and follows hard on the heels of his gold medal at the Junior World Cup in Modling, Austria, and top-10 finish in the World Junior Championships in Jordan.

These results have propelled him to the top of the UK rankings and he is set to start the next season as the UK No1 seed. He is ranked No8 in the World in the Under-20-years rankings.