Several Canadian athletes are in Rio for test events which include Men’s and Women’s Epee Grand Prix events as well as the Team World Championships for Men’s Sabre and Women’s Foil, the two team events that will not be included in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
The No. 8 world ranked Canadian Women’s Foil Team of Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton, ON), Alanna Goldie (Calgary, AB), Kelleigh Ryan (Ottawa, ON) and Shannon Comerford (Saskatoon, SK), advanced directly to the 16’s where they faced 9th ranked China. Canada sadly lost 45-40 which put them in the 9-12 ranking matches. The Canadians rebounded, however, and went on to defeat Brazil 45-29 and then Poland 45-36 to take ninth place overall.
Jean Lelion (Montreal) was Canada’s top athlete in Grand Prix competition with his 28th place finish in Men’s Epee. Lelion started strong with four wins and a loss in pool play to finish first in his pool. Lelion then went on to win 15-10 in his direct elimination bout against Argentina’s Jesus Lugones Ruggeri. This advanced him to the 64s Sunday where he faced Russia’s Sergey Bida. Lelion won the bout by a commanding 15-8 to advance to the 32s.
His day came to end here with a 15-11 loss to Switzerland’s Georg Kuhn to finish 28th overall.
Rio 2016 bound Leonora Mackinnon (Canadian living in England) took part in the Women’s Epee Grand Prix and fell just short of the top 64s with a 65th place ranking after losing her DE bout to Anastasia Ivchenko from the Ukraine, 15-9.