Canada’s Women’s Sabre Team Wins Bronze at 2016 Pan Am Fencing Championships
Canadian Fencing Federation – Canada has won its third medal in team competition, a bronze medal in Women’s Team Sabre. Members of the team are Marissa Ponich from Edmonton, Alberta, Pamela Brind’Amour from Sainte Martine, Quebec as well as Gabriela Page, and Rachel Lamarre, both from Blainville, Quebec.
The team won their bronze medal final against Venezuela by a score of 45-42. It was a close bout with Canada leading by 8 early in the bout, but then later falling behind by 7, with only a few rounds remaining. At that point, Lamarre, a junior competing in her first Senior Zone Championship, subbed in and scored 12 points to put Canada back in the lead! The team rallied and maintained the lead, to take home the bronze medal.
Canada lost to USA, currently ranked fourth in the world, in the semi-final to put them in the bronze medal final, after having won their quarter-final 45-31 against El Salvador.
Canada’s Men’s Epee Team of Maxime Brinck-Croteau (Markham, ON), Hugues Boisvert-Simard (Quebec, QC), Jean Lelion (Montreal, QC) and Pascal Heidecker (Gatineau, QC) were also in action today.
The team easily defeated El Salvador 45-27 in the round of 16, but unfortunately lost to Colombia 45-37 in the quarter-finals despite an early lead, to put them out of medal contention.
The team then fenced for 5-8th position and lost their first bout to the USA, 36-26. The team then had to fence for 7th and 8th positions, and faced Mexico. Canada got the lead early and gained momentum to win the bout 45-29 to finish in 7th place overall.
Canada’s overall medal count at the 2016 Senior Pan Am Championships is now six, with one more day of competition to go. Canada’s Women’s Foil Team and Men’s Sabre Team will be competing Sunday to add to Canada’s overall medal haul.
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