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Team USA Opens Vet Worlds with Six Medals

10/08/2019, 10:45am CDT
By Kristen Henneman

Lydia Fabry won her second individual Vet World title in Cairo. Photo Credit: Brandon Dyett.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA kicked off the Veteran World Championships in Cairo, Egypt with six podium finishes, including gold by Lydia Fabry (Simi Valley, Calif.) in the veteran 60-69 women’s saber event.

A four-time individual Vet World medalist in the 50-59 competition – and the world champion in 2015 – Fabry clinched her first gold in the 60-69 age category. She was joined on the podium by Team USA’s most decorated veteran fencer, seven-time individual Veteran World Champion Jane Eyre (Woolwich Township, N.J.), who has now claimed a medal at every Vet Worlds since 2013 with her bronze medal finish in Cairo.

Team USA also saw four fencers win their first career individual Vet World medals. Three-time Vet World team medalist Robin Pernice (Waltham, Mass.) and three-time World Team member Gemin Channing (Frederick, Md.) each secured bronze in the 50-59 and +70 women’s saber events, respectively, while first-time Vet World Team member Richard Brown (Watchung, N.J.) and two-time team medalist Philip Sbarbaro (Vienna, Va.) earned silver and bronze in the men’s +70 saber competition.

2019 Veteran World Championships Results

Fabry went undefeated on the day, going 6-0 in pools and 4-0 in the direct elimination rounds. As the only athlete to go undefeated in pools, Fabry earned the No. 1 seed and a bye to the table of 16, where she defeated 2018 Vet World Team Champion Margherita Camerin (ITA), 10-6.

With a 10-5 victory over 2016 bronze medalist in the 50-59 event, Anne Cerboni Bousquet (FRA), Fabry guaranteed a medal and she went on to win gold with 10-4 wins over two-time Vet World bronze medalist in the 50-59 event Sylvie Zini (FRA) and 2017 50-59 bronze medalist Min Yi Du (AUS).

Entering as the reigning World Champion, Eyre went 5-1 in pools before edging out 2017 Vet World bronze medalist Claudia Bandieri (ITA), 10-8, in the 16. A 10-7 victory over 2018 Vet World Team Champion Maria Teresa Conconi (ITA) ensured Eyre a medal every year she’s competed in the 60-69 age category, but in the semifinals, she came up short to Du, 10-8.

All four U.S. women’s saber fencers earned top-eight results as Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Middletown, Conn.) and Heidi Runyan (San Diego, Calif.) finished fifth and seventh, respectively.

A seven-time individual Vet World medalist, including a two-time medalist in saber, Starks-Faulkner overcame 2018 Vet World bronze medalist Yoshiko Chikubu (JPN), 10-6, but lost in the quarter-finals by the same score to Zini.

Seven-time Vet World Team member Runyan posted a 10-4 victory over four-time individual Vet World medalist Patricia Reguigne (FRA) and a 10-8 win over Grace Born (CAN) to reach the quarters before coming up one win shy of a medal with a 10-4 loss to Du.

Team USA also had two podium finishers in the +70 men’s saber competition with Brown and Sbarbaro taking silver and bronze.

At his first Vet Worlds, Brown had close bouts throughout the day. After going 3-2 in pools, he edged out two Japanese fencers: Takemi Miyasaka, 10-8, and 2018 Vet World bronze medalist Koh Yamada, 10-9.

Brown followed up a 10-6 victory over Michael Compton (GBR) in the quarter-finals with a 10-4 win over Bernard Aussedat (FRA) to advance to the gold medal final. However, facing the reigning world champion in Riccardo Carmina (ITA), Brown was outtouched for gold, 10-9.

Carmina also defeated Sbarbaro in the semifinals by a 10-4 result, ending his most successful day of individual fencing at Vet Worlds. Sbarbaro went 5-0 in pools to take the No. 3 seed and nearly earned the sweep in the table of 32 with a 10-1 effort over Jerzy Pregowski (POL), who was coming off a 10-2 win against four-time Vet world team medalist Vic Bianchini (San Diego, Calif.) in the table of 32.

In the quarter-finals, Sbarbaro cruised past five-time Vet World medalist William Osbaldeston (GBR), 10-3, for his first individual Vet World medal.

Three-time World Team member Heik Hambarzumian (Anaheim, Calif.) claimed a top-32 finish, being outtouched in the 32 by Oleg Arefiev (RUS), 10-9.

En route to her bronze in the 50-59 women’s saber event, Pernice went 5-0 in pools to enter the DE rounds as the No. 1 seed.

With a bye to the table of 16, Pernice outscored Anne Laure Barbier (FRA), 10-6, to set up a bout with teammate Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (Pittsburgh, Pa.) in the quarter-finals.

Competing at her first Worlds, Shinn-Cunningham picked up two quick 10-3 victories over Claudia Mayer (BRA) and Friederike Janshen (GER), who entered the competition having won five of the last eight 50-59 women’s saber titles.

Pernice overcame Shinn-Cunningham, 10-4, to clinch the bronze, but lost 10-5 in the semis to Dorothea Tanzmeister (AUT). Tanzmeister went on to win gold, her second in a row.

Like Shinn-Cunningham, Eileen Foley (Arvada, Colo.) secured a top-eight result at her first Vet Worlds. Foley edged out Ulrike Fuhrmann (POL), 10-7, and Concetta Talamo (ITA), 10-9, to advance to the quarter-finals, where she lost to Tanzmeister, 10-5.

Myriam Gluck (Dublin, Ohio) also competed, falling to Gesche Reimers (GER) in the table of 32, 10-5.

In the veteran women’s +70 saber competition, Channing went 2-2 in pools before holding off teammate and 10-time Vet World medalist Ellen O’Leary (Seattle, Wash.), 10-8, in the table of 16.

After controlling her quarter-final bout against the 2017 Vet World silver medalist in épée, Coraine Sopru (AUS), 10-3, to guarantee a medal, Channing lost to 2017 Veteran World Champion Vivien Ena Frith (GBR), 10-3.

Channing will return to competition on Thursday in the +70 women’s épée event.

The bronze medalist last year, Anna Mannino (Oceanside, Calif.) started the day strong, taking the No. 2 seed out of pools. She then outscored Annegret Hamann (GER), 10-8, but fell short of a return to the podium with a 10-0 loss to Brigitte Greunke (GER).

First-time team member Claire Hanamoto (Sacramento, Calif.) took a top-eight finish. In the table of 16, she blazed past 2014 bronze medalist Motoko Kitami (JPN). However, in the quarters, Hanamoto lost to 2018 Vet World silver medalist and the eventual gold medalist, Silvia Brown (GBR), 10-5.

Competition continues Sunday with the following events:

  • Veteran 50-59 Men’s Saber
  • Veteran 60-69 Men’s Saber
  • Veteran Team Women’s Saber

Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:

Veteran World Championships Women’s 50-59 Saber
1. Dorothea Tanzmeister (AUT)
2. Beth Davidson (GBR)
3. Robin Pernice (Waltham, Mass.)
3. Jacqueline Esimaje-Heath (GBR)
5. Isabelle Leveque (FRA)
6. Michele Narey (GBR)
7. Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
8. Eileen Foley (Arvada, Colo.)

19. Myriam Gluck (Dublin, Ohio)

Veteran World Championships Women’s 60-69 Saber
1. Lydia Fabry (Simi Valley, Calif.)

2. Min Yi Du (AUS)
3. Jane Eyre (Woolwich Township, N.J.)
3. Sylvie Zini (FRA)
5. Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Middletown, Conn.)
6. Anne Bousquet Cerboni (FRA)
7. Heidi Runyan (San Diego, Calif.)
8. Maria Teresa Conconi (ITA)

Veteran World Championships Women’s +70 Saber
1. Silvia Brown (GBR)
2. Vivien Ena Frith (GBR)
3. Gemin Channing (Frederick, Md.)
3. Brigitte Greunke (GER)
5. Anna Mannino (Oceanside, Calif.)
6. Coraine Sopru (AUS)
7. Claire Hanamoto (Sacramento, Calif.)
8. Marie-Josephe Lepeltier (FRA)

9. Ellen O’Leary (Seattle, Wash.)

Veteran World Championships Men’s +70 Saber
1. Riccardo Carmina (ITA)
2. Richard Brown (Watchung, N.J.)
3. Philip Sbarbaro (Vienna, Va.)

3. Bernard Aussedat (FRA)
5. Richard Cohen (GBR)
6. Michael Compton (GBR)
7. William Osbaldeston (GBR)
8. Andrzej Mainka (POL)

19. Vic Bianchini (San Diego, Calif.)
21. Heik Hambarzumian (Anaheim, Calif.)

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