Kajetan McDonnell won a silver medal in the U15 Boys Sabre event at the Challenge Wratislavia event on 27th March. This was a fantastic result in a strong field of 138 fencers coming from all over the world.
Kajetan started the day with 6v0d in the poule stage which propelled him to 7th seed going in to the direct elimination. As a result of his high seeding he had a bye through the L128 round which meant that his first direct elimination match was against Ghaziri (ROU); an opponent that he comfortably dispatched of 15-6 in the L64.
In the L32 Kajetan found a tough opponent in Fekete Kovacs (HUN) but in a close fought encounter the Camden fencer came out the eventual winner 15-13. His next fight was against Kondratenko (LAT), but the British fencer dominated his Latvian opponent winning 15-4 for a place in the last 8.
In the quarter finals Kajetan endured a tough fight against the strong Russian Plolnikov but after a very close match he eventually came out on top; winning 15-13.
The semi final bout against Horvath (HUN) proved to be an even harder match for Kajetan, but with the score levelled at 14-14 each he managed to keep his head and win the all important 15th point.
On the raised piste and in front of a large international crowd the young Camden Sabreur faced Kis (HUN) in the gold medal match. This time Kajetan did not get off to a good start and trailed 1-6 in the early part of the match and despite attempting a courageous comeback in the last third of the bout he was unable to bridge the gap in score and was defeated 15-10.
This was a wonderful result and fantastic experience for Kajetan, we look forward to seeing him in the cadet internationals next season.
Some of Camden's other younger fencers were also in action in Poland, their placings are detailed below:
Boys U15 Foil
52nd Jean-Baptiste Baigneres
Boys U11 Sabre
38th Jasper Hyams
Boys U13 Sabre
75th Frankie Lambe-Thompson
89th Cosmo Fasanya
120th Magnus Pearce
124th Sid Sykes