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Canadian Fencing Federation – On the first day of team competition at the 2019 Senior Pan American Fencing Championships in Toronto, Canada added two silver medals to bring its total medal tally to 7 with two days left of competition. 

Canada’s women’s foil team of Alanna Goldie (Calgary, AB), Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton, ON), Jessica Guo (Toronto, ON) and Kelleigh Ryan (Ottawa, ON) defeated Mexico 45-31 in the quarter-finals. Canada then fenced Brazil in the semi-finals and won by a commanding 45-18 to advance to the finals. There they faced the USA, currently ranked third in the world.  It was a hard fought battle, but the Americans came out on top in the end winning 45-42 to give Canada a silver medal.

Canada’s men’s sabre team of Shaul Gordon (Montreal, QC), Joseph Polossifakis (Laval, QC), Fares Arfa (Laval, QC) and Marc Gelinas (Blainville, QC) had a strong start to their day, defeating Mexico in the quarter-finals by a score of 45-25. The team then fenced Colombia in the semi-finals and won 45-29.  This put them in the final against the USA, currently ranked 8th in the world. Canada stayed within range until the end when the USA pulled ahead to win 45-37.  Canada took home its second silver medal of the day.

Team competition continues today with Men’s Foil and Women’s Epee in action at the Delta Airport Hotel & Conference Centre.  Competition wraps up July 2nd with the final day of team competition featuring men’s epee and women’s sabre.  Admission is free. Live results can be found at: http://www.fencing.ca/results/2019_pan_am_toronto/ . For live streaming and photos, please visit CFF’s Facebook Page.

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