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Fencing Canada – Canada’s cadet and junior women’s and men’s foil athletes took the stage at the 2019 Junior & Cadet World Championships in Poland over the past three days and came away with two top 8’s, and 1 top 16.

Thirteen year old Jessica Zi Jia Guo (HHF, Toronto, ON) finished in an impressive 5th place in the Cadet women’s foil competition. Guo was ranked second overall after poules and won her 64 bout 15-2 against Brazilian Talia Calazans.  She then faced Japan’s Yuzuha Takeyama in the 32’s and won 15-12. Guo won her bout in the top 16’s against China’s Shihong Song a resounding 15-2 to advance to the quarter-finals.  Guo’s competition came to an end with her loss to Valeriya Rassolova of Russia 15-12 to finish in 5th place overall in the Cadet Women’s Foil competition. Fellow Canadians Annie Lin (TFC, Richmond Hill, ON) and Tinney Mak (HHF, Markham, ON) finished 46th and 47th respectively.

Brian Li (Canadian living in the US) also had a great day in the Cadet Men’s Foil competition.  Li finished in 11th place after losing his top 16 bout to France’s Paul Antoine De Belval 15-12.  De Belval went on to take silver in the competition. Fellow Canadians Patrick Liu and Simon Poon finished 28th and 55th respectively.

In the Junior foil competition, Jessica Zi Jia Guo had Canada’s best placing, finishing 17th overall while Ying Cao (TFC) was 46th and Tinney Mak was 58th. Patrick Liu and Blake Broszus, two Canadians who live in the US, were defeated in the top 32’s in the men’s junior competition and finished 26th and 30th respectively. Brian Li was 53rd overall.

The final day of foil competition featured the Junior Team events. Canada’s women’s foil team of Ying Cao, Jessica Zi Jia Guo, Annie Lin and Tinney Mak made it to the quarter-finals.  They defeated Poland 36-29 in the 16’s but lost to France 41-28 to finish in an impressive 5th place overall. Canada’s Men’s Foil Team lost a close bout to Denmark in the 32’s by a score of 45-43 to finish in 17th place.

Canada’s Men’s and Women’s epee athletes are in action in the final three days of the competition.  Live streaming and live results links can be found at: https://www.fencingtorun2019.com/

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