The future looks bright for Canadian fencing following the results of the 2014 Junior/Cadet World Championships which took place April 3-12 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
For the first time in a long time, Canada came away with two medals. Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton, ON) won silver in Junior Women’s Foil while Dylan French (Vancouver, B.C.) won a bronze medal in Cadet Men’s Epee. Both athletes put in outstanding performances to reach the podium by defeating top ranked fencers.
To advance to the semi-finals, Harvey defeated number one world ranked fencer, Camilla Mancini in the quarter-finals by a score of 15-11. Harvey will start the new season as the No. 1 world ranked Junior Women’s foil athlete.
Eleanor Harvey Junior Women’s Foil championship starts at 1 hour 41 minutes
Sixteen-year-old French also competed in Junior Men’s Epee, finishing just out of the medal round in fifth place in a competition that featured 172 competitors. Along the way, French defeated the 2013-14 junior No. 1 internationally ranked and 2013 Junior World Championships silver medallist, Yulen Pereira from Spain.
Canada also had a number of excellent performances in the team events. The junior men’s saber team of Farès Arfa (Laval, QC), Pascal Lambert (Epiphanie, QC) and Shaul Gordon (Vancouver) finished just off the podium in the team competition in fourth place, after defeating among others, the Ukraine whose roster included several International medallists.
Another top eight performance included the junior women’s foil team of Alanna Goldie (Calgary), Jerrica Gu (Edmonton), and Harvey, who defeated Team Germany, 45-37, but then lost to team favourites Russia to finish in eighth place.
Other notable results include the Junior Men’s Epee Team who finished ninth, the Junior Women’s Sabre team (12th) and Cadet Women’s Foil athlete Jenny Zhao (Ottawa) who finished 11th and qualified for the Youth Olympic Games along with French for Men’s Epee.
Canada finished the 2014 Junior World Championships with a nation ranking of 10th out of 71 countries.
The 2014 Junior World Championships caps off a great season that saw Canadian junior athletes win medals in World Cup competition and at NCAA Championships, in addition to the Junior World Championships.