3rd December 2012
Two Brits in top eight of Leon Paul International Cup
Following Kristjan Archer’s quarterfinal finish in Saturday’s Eden Cup, Ben Peggs and Amol Rattan finished sixth and seventh respectively in the Leon Paul Cup – a senior men’s foil FIE satellite event held in London. The day started with a field of 157 competitors from 30 nations.
Peggs won four of his five first round matches giving him 31st seed for the knockout stages with Rattan winning four out of six first round matches making him 51st seed.
Peggs progressed to the top eight by beating Post (NED) 15-2, Borst (NED) 15-11, the number two seed, De Vizzi (ITA) 15-8 and Serri (FRA) 15-11. Meanwhile Rattan beat Gross (ISR) 15-13, Tsoronis (DEN) 15-12, Siess (POL) 15-11 and the number three seed, Kontochristo (GRE) 15-12 to reach the quarterfinal.
Whilst both British fencers took the lead in their quarterfinal matches they lost; Peggs, 15-6 to Mazza (ITA) and Rattan, 15-7 to Matsuyama.
The tournament was won by Garozzoa (ITA) who beat Mazza (HUN) to the gold medal 15-8 with the bronze medals going to Nagashima (JPN) and Matsuyama (JPN).
GB PLACINGS: Peggs 6th, Rattan 7th, Cook 22nd, Melia 26th, Mepstead 27th, Lee 35th, J. Beevers 47th, Donovan 48th, T. Hendrie 55th, Bryant 56th, G. Hendrie 78th, O’Donnell 80th, Barwell 86th, Archer 102nd, Holder 105th, Manson 110th, A. Robinson 113th, D. Robinson 127th, Abidogun 129th, Feaster 132nd, Beardmore 134th, A. Beevers 136th, Sadiq 137th, Wild 140th, Watson 142nd, S. Williams 143rd, A. Williams 144th, Morris 145th, Mollard 148th, Jennings 153rd, Di Francesco 155th.