Unfortunately Lumeng Yang was rather off form on this occasion and did not progress beyond the first round poule. Gabriel Van Hoffelen won 3 lost 3 in the first round but was then unfortuately eliminated in the second round with 2 victories 4 defeats.
The star of the show was however Zach Klein who in a strong field of 225 fencers (all of Europe's top nations were present) finished 32nd. Zach won 3 lost 3 in the first round, won 2 lost 4 in the second round and was seeded 117 going in to the direct elimination. At this stage Zach faced the number 12 seed Mokhov (RUS) whom he disposed of 15/14 in a thrilling encouter. Zach's next opponent was Ottaviani (ITA) whom he beat 15-13. At the last 32 stage he came up against Sugimoto (JPN), and despite taking the correct parry at
14-14 he rushed his riposte leaving just one light for the Japanese fencer. After this defeat Zach fenced the rather awkward Glasner (POL) in the repecharge but was unfortunately defeated 15-9 to finish in 32 place.
This was an excellent result for the Camden fencer, one which moves him to number 6 in the British rankings.
In the team event Lumeng was part of the GBR A team which finished a very creditable 7th place from 38 teams. In the mens event there were 41 teams. Gabriel was a part of the GBR D team which lost to the GBR B team 45-43 in the last 32. Zach in the GBR B team lost 45-41 to the GBR A team in the last 8. GBR A team went on to finish an excellent 2nd place; losing to hosts Hungary in the final.
Well done guys !!
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