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Jennette Starks Faulkner Wins Third Individual Vet World Title

10/09/2019, 2:00pm CDT
By Kristen Henneman

Jennette Starks-Faulkner won her third individual Veteran World title in Cairo. Photo Credit: Brandon Dyett.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Middletown, Conn.) is back on top.

The 13-time Veteran World Championship Team member won gold in the veteran 60-69 women’s foil competition on Monday in Cairo at Vet Worlds, her third career foil title and eighth overall individual Vet World medal.

The medal was one of two for Team USA on the day as the men’s saber team brought home bronze, its fifth podium finish in the last six years.

2019 Veteran World Championships Results

Starks-Faulkner went 5-0 in the direct elimination rounds, giving up no more than six points to any single opponent.

After going 4-2 in pools, the 65-year-old cruised past 2018 Vet World bronze medalist Agota Balot (AUT), 10-2, and 2018 Vet World bronze medalist Sheila Anderson (GBR), 10-5.

In the quarter-finals, Starks-Faulkner defeated 2016 Vet World silver medalist Annabelle Ballard (AUS), 10-6, in a re-match of the 2016 gold medal final to secure her sixth individual Vet World foil medal.

With a 10-4 victory over Akiko Tanaka (JPN), Starks-Faulkner advanced to the semifinals, where she overcame three-time medalist in the 50-59 event Gianna Cirillo (ITA), by a score of 10-5.

Starks Faulkner’s podium finish marks the fifth time in the last six years that a U.S. fencer has claimed a medal in the event.

Seven-time Vet World individual medalist Anne-Marie Walters (Parkland, Fla.) earned a top-eight finish in Cairo. Walters easily controlled her first two bouts against 12-time Vet World Team member Yoriko Yamada (JPN), 10-1, and 2018 team bronze medalist Gianna Della Corte (ITA), 10-2, before being edged out by Tanaka, 10-8, in the quarter-finals.

Competing at her first Vet Worlds, Elizabeth Merritt (Billerica, Mass.) posted a 10-8 win over 2010 bronze medalist Tatiana Zhdanova (RUS), 10-8, in the 32, but lost by the same score the following round to two-time team medalist Caron Hale (GBR).

Jude Offerle (Winnetka, Ill.), a four-time individual Vet World medalist, also competed, but lost in the table of 32 to five-time Vet World medalist Kaoru Amari (JPN), 10-8.

In the veteran men’s team saber competition, Team USA was represented by five medalists from this year’s Vet Worlds. The gold and bronze medalists in the 50-59 event, Mark Lundborg (Issaquah, Wash.) and Tamas Vidovszky (Emerald Hills, Calif.), were joined by 60-69 champion Joshua Runyan (San Diego, Calif.) as well as Jeffrey Gueble (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), a top-eight finisher in the 60-69 event. Team USA’s +70 lineup included silver medalist Richard Brown (Watchung, N.J.) and bronze medalist Phil Sbarbaro (Vienna, Va.)

After going 1-1 in pools, Team USA overpowered France in the quarter-finals, 30-18. Down 10-9 after two bouts, Lundborg and Brown combined to win the next two, 11-1, for a 20-11 lead and the United States went on to win, 30-18. Lundborg led Team USA with a +9 indicator.

In the semifinals, Team USA built a 20-18 lead with two bouts remaining. Germany took the lead after the fifth round, and down 29-27, Brown came back to tie the score at 29. However, he couldn’t complete the comeback and the Americans lost by a point, 30-29.

The bronze medal final featured a rematch of a pool bout with Team USA taking on Japan. Although the United States lost by one in pools, it jumped out to a 15-5 lead halfway through the match. Japan cut the gap to three at the end of the fourth, but Team USA won the final two bouts for a 30-21 victory. Runyan tallied a +9 indicator for the United States.

With the two medals, Team USA how now amassed 12 medals in the first three days of competition, including four golds, which leads the medal count.

The 50-59 and +70 women’s foil events also took place on Monday with Joanne Stevens (New York City, N.Y.) taking fifth in the +70 event.

A 2018 Vet World bronze medalist in the event, Stevens went 5-1 in pools to earn a bye to the table of 16, where she bested Susan Uff (GBR), a 2018 bronze medalist in epee, by a score of 10-5. However, Stevens fell one win short of a medal with a 10-8 loss to 2016 World Champion Nadejda Arskaya (RUS), who went on to claim silver.

Six-time Vet World Team member Madelon Rosenfeld (New York City, N.Y.) and three-time team member Muriel Cawthorn (Rehoboth, Mass.) both earned top-16 finishes.

Rosenfeld lost to 2014 Vet World silver medalist Kristin Payne (GBR), 10-8, in the table of 16 while Cawthorn edged out teammate and 2016 Vet World team silver medalist Diane Reckling (West Plains, N.Y.) in the 32 before suffering a 10-2 loss to 11-time Vet World medalist and seven-time Olympian Kerstin Palm (SWE).

In the veteran 50-59 women’s foil event, the 2017 silver medalist, Jane Carter (Bedford, Mass.), had Team USA’s best finish with a 10th-place result.

The three-time Senior World Team member outscored Enza Saracino (ITA), 10-5, in the table of 32, but was outtouched by 2018 Vet World silver medalist Anait Shaginyan (RUS), 10-9, in the 16.

2016 Vet World bronze medalist Lynn Botelho (Indiana, Pa.), four-time Vet World team member Bonnie Hennig-Trestman (Roanoke, Va.) and two-time Vet World Team member Viveka Fox (Vergennes, Vt.) each took top-32 finishes.

Botelho had her day ended by two-time individual Vet World medalist Jenny Bonney-Millett (AUS), 10-5, while Hennig-Trestman lost to 2017 bronze medalist Benedicte Bisson (FRA), 10-8, and Fox fell to 2018 bronze medalist Dorothea Tanzmeister (AUT), 7-4.

Competition continues Tuesday with the following events:

  • Veteran 50-59 Men’s Foil
  • Veteran 60-69 Men’s Foil
  • Veteran +70 Men’s Foil
  • Veteran Team Women’s Foil

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

Veteran World Championships Women’s 50-59 Foil
1. Inessa Rodionova (RUS)
2. Elena Benucci (ITA)
3. Silke Weltzien (GER)
3. Christine Zoppke (GER)
5. Maria Grazia Lattanzio (ITA)
6. Dorothea Tanzmeister (AUT)
7. Anait Shaginyan (RUS)
8. Roswitha Gindert-Wulff (GER)

10. Jane Carter (Bedford, Mass.)
21. Lynn Botelho (Indiana, Pa.)
22. Bonnie Hennig-Trestman (Roanoke, Va.)
27. Viveka Fox (Vergennes, Vt.)

Veteran World Championships Women’s 60-69 Foil
1. Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Middletown, Conn.)

2. Gianna Cirillo (ITA)
3. Akiko Tanaka (JPN)
3. Veronique Glasser Carette (FRA)
5. Annabelle Ballard (AUS)
6. Laura Grande (ITA)
7. Anne-Marie Walters (Parkland, Fla.)
8. Caron Hale (GBR)

12. Elizabeth Merritt (Billerica, Mass.)
22. Jude Offerle (Winnetka, Ill.)

Veteran World Championships Women’s +70 Foil
1. Marja-Liisa Tuulikki Someroja (FIN)
2. Nadejda Arskaya (RUS)
3. Iris Gardini (ITA)
3. Kerstin Palm (SWE)
5. Joanne Stevens (New York City, N.Y.)
6. Liubov Mayorova (RUS)
7. Kristin Payne (GBR)
8. Jane Allardice (AUS)

10. Madelon Rosenfeld (New York City, N.Y.)
15. Muriel Cawthorn (Rehoboth, Mass.)
18. Diane Reckling (West Plains, N.Y.)

Veteran World Championships Men’s Team Saber
1. Italy
2. Germany
3. USA
4. Japan
5. Russia
6. France
7. Great Britain
8. Poland

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