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World Fencing: British foil team eighth in Paris

2010 World Fencing Championships
Venue: Le Grand Palais, Paris Dates: 4-13 November
Coverage: Updates on Twitter from British Fencing's performance director Graham Watts and the British Fencing official Twitter account. Video reports on BBC Sport website.

Laurence Halsted

Inside Grand Palais for fencing's French revolution

Britain's male foil fencing team came eighth at the World Championships in Paris on Thursday, in the absence of world number four Richard Kruse.

Kruse withdrew from the event with a foot injury and, without him, Britain beat Iran and the United States but lost to China, France and Korea.

The men's foil team event is considered Britain's best chance of gaining a fencing medal at the London Olympics.

British fencers have not won a senior World Championship medal since 1965.

Injury, illness and underperformance have each played a part in frustrating their chances of changing that this week.


Britain's Jamie Kenber suffered a leg injury during Thursday's team event, while a bout of food poisoning forced team-mate Ed Jefferies out of last weekend's individual finals.

Kruse had withdrawn before the start of the competition, which was held inside museum and exhibition centre Le Grand Palais in central Paris.

GB men's began with a 45-29 victory for over Iran, and a 45-36 win against the US sent them into the last eight.

But China put Britain to the sword with a 45-29 reverse and France inflicted a narrow 45-41 defeat, before a 45-39 defeat at the hands of Korea ensured Britain could not rise higher than eighth.

"It was an excellent performance to beat the United States without Richard Kruse, especially if you consider the comparative rankings of the fencers and their performances in the individual event," wrote Graham Watts, British Fencing's performance director, on his Twitter account.

"I don't think GB would have beaten China even with Kruse, but he would have had positive scores against both France and Korea.

"I think we would have finished fifth or sixth with Kruse in the team."

The British squad will now regroup ahead of their next major test, the 2011 European Championships in Sheffield.

The Euros, which take place in July next year, will also afford British organisers a dress rehearsal ahead of their London 2012 test event and the Games competition itself.

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