In the overall, I lost my first two matches. My friend. Marvin, whom I had proudly fenced with twice in team competitions, once at the Commonwealth Fencing Championship, was my first opponent. I had never fenced him before and his jerky style of fencing threw me off and he took me apart. I finished the poole with 2 wins and 2 losses and 9th in the rankings out of 22 fencers.
I won my first DE against my old coach, Perry. My next match was against Vincent P, whom I have lost to many times in the past down in the States. Let's just say it didn't go so well. I made mistakes and he took advantage. OK,I lost 10-3 and was gone from the tournament. I finished 7th out of 22 fencers. I'll take it!
Next up was an elimination tournament for age groups. There were 10 in the 50-59 group. I did well in the beginning but Rod from the U.S., didn't do well against our southern neighbors, and ended my hopes of Gold by taking me down 10-3. That sounds like a very familiar, elimination score.
I did end up with a bronze medal, though.
I'll take it!
A 7th in the overall and a bronze in the age group. Not a bad day at all!
The old 2009 Commonwealth Veterans Sabre fencing team ... me, Vince and MarvinMassage students from the university gave massages for just a charitable donation. Hanna worked on my right arm for half an hour afterwards. It feels much better.
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