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Bruno Goossens, Diane Kallus Claim Podium Finishes on Penultimate Day of Vet Worlds

10/15/2019, 11:15pm CDT
By Kristen Henneman

Bruno Goossens won silver in the +70 men's epee event in Cairo. Photo Credit; Brandon Dyett.


Diane Kallus won bronze in the women's +70 epee competition. Photo Credit: Brandon Dyett.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – On the final day of individual competition at the Veteran World Championships in Cairo, Team USA’s +70 épée fencers Bruno Goossens (Jacksonville, Ore.) and Diana Kallus (Round Rock, Texas) won silver and bronze.

For Kallus, the bronze marked her seventh individual Vet World medal and first in the +70 age category. With silver, Goossens added an individual medal to his two team golds in 2017 and 2018.

The double medal finish kept Team USA atop the medal standings after six days of competition with 20 while Italy and Germany rank second and third with 13 and 12 podium finishes, respectively.

2019 Veteran World Championships Results

Goossens started his day going 4-1 in pools and taking the No. 8 seed in the direct elimination rounds.

With a bye to the table of 32, Goossens defeated 2018 bronze medalist Richard Ramero (FRA), 10-7, and Michael Schoelss (GER), 10-8, to reach the quarter-finals.

One win from securing his best individual finish at Vet Worlds, Goossens dominated his quarter-final bout, overpowering 2016 team bronze medalist Alexander Kasatov (RUS), 10-2.

Goossens’ momentum continued in the semifinals as he overcame three-time Vet World Team member Jean Jacques Bena (FRA), 10-6, for a chance at gold.

Down 6-3 to six-time Vet World Team member Richard Purdie (AUS), Goosens cut the deficit to one at 9-8, but a double light gave him the silver.

Competing at his first Vet Worlds since 2010, two-time team member Jeffrey Spahn (Clinton Corners, N.Y.) took the No. 4 seed out of pools after going 5-1.

Following a 10-4 victory over Kazuo Bando (JPN) in the 32, Spahn outtouched six-time Vet World Team member Peter Valar (SUI), 10-9.

Although in the quarter-finals Spahn fell one win shy of a medal with a 10-6 loss to Bena, Spahn’s fifth-place finish marked the best of his career at Vet Worlds.

Also fencing at his first Vet Worlds since 2010, three-time Team member Julian Tyson (Amherst, Md.) earned a top-16 finish in Egypt.

After going perfect in pools at 5-0 and claiming the No. 2 seed, Tyson narrowly edged out two-time Vet World Team member Marco Bertolini (ITA), 6-5.

Tyson’s table of 16 bout would also be decided by just one point, but this time Tyson came out on the losing end with a 10-9 defeat to eight-time Vet World Team member Jean Francois Robert (FRA), 10-9.

Standing on the podium for the first time since 2008, Kallus, an 18-time Vet World Team member, went 4-1 in pools to secure the No. 4 seed and a bye to the table of 16, where she drew her teammate Gemin Channing (Frederick, Md.) Channing, who was coming off a 10-8 victory over three-time World Team member Anna Estrada (San Francisco, Calif.) in the 64, won bronze earlier in the week in saber.

Kallus defeated Channing, 10-7, before posting a 10-6 victory over 25-time Vet World medalist, including bronze in saber this year, Brigitte Greunke (GER).

In the semifinals, Kallus fenced Marja-Liisa Tuulikkki Someroja (FIN), who also entered as a 25-time Vet World medalist. Kallus came up short, 10-3, as Someroja went on to win gold, her second title of the week after taking the foil gold.

A 2018 team silver medalist and seven-time Vet World Team member, Bonnie Aher (Shoreline, Wis.) claimed her best individual result in +70 with a top-eight finish.

After controlling her table of 16 bout against four-time individual medalist Judith Hendricks (HUN), 10-2, Aher dropped her quarter-final to Someroja, 10-6.

The 50-59 men’s épée event also took place on Thursday with Jon Normile (Millburn, N.J.) earning Team USA’s best finish with eighth.

His best career result at Vet Worlds, the two-time team champion and 1992 Olympian bested two-time individual medalist Sergey Simovskikh (RUS), 10-5, in the table of 64.

In the following round, Normile held off Christian Dousse (SUI) – the 2012 silver medalist in foil and the foil champion earlier this week – by a 10-8 score.

With another 10-8 victory over two-time Vet World Team member Francois Wacquez (FRA), Normile advanced to the quarter-finals, where he would face Wacquez’s teammate, Michel Guy (FRA).

Normile built a 6-3 lead, but Guy tied the score at seven and went up, 9-8, before a double light ended the day of Normile. Guy went on to win gold.

Three-time Vet World Team member Rick Watrall (Mahwah, N.J.) finished in the top 16.

Watrall picked up a quick 10-2 victory over Leszek Zawalich (POL) in the 64 before outtouching 2014 silver medalist and 2000 Olympian Luc Cartillier (AUS), 10-9.

But in the 16, Watrall came up short to Guy, 10-7.

Both Daniel Rees (Denver, Colo.) and Joseph Deucher (Rockville, Md.) took top-64 finishes with Rees losing to seven-time Vet World team member Fredrik Sjodahl (SWE), 10-7, and Deucher falling to five-time Team member Alessandro Di Bella (ITA), 10-9.

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

Veteran World Championships Men’s 50-59 Épée
1. Michel Guy (FRA)
2. Guido Quanz (GER)
3. Thomas Brudy-Zippelius (GER)
3. Daniel Markus (GER)
5. Roberto Codon Miravalle (ESP)
6. Ric Grand D’Hauteville (SUI)
7. Marco Cerroni (ITA)
8. Jon Normile (Millburn, N.J.)

14. Rick Watrall (Mahwah, N.J.)
37. Daniel Rees (Denver, Colo.)
45. Joseph Deucher (Rockville, Md.)

Veteran World Championships Men’s +70 Épée
1. Richard Purdie (AUS)
2. Bruno Goossens (Jacksonville, Ore.)
3. Jean Jacques Bena (FRA)

3. Jean Francois Robert (FRA)

5. Jeffrey Spahn (Clinton Corners, N.Y.)
6. Andrew Brown (GBR)
7. Alexander Kasatov (RUS)

8. Reinhard Munster (DEN)

10. Julian Tyson (Amherst, Md.)

Veteran World Championships Women’s +70 Épée
1. Marja-Liisa Tuulikki Someroja (FIN)
2. Susan Uff (GBR)
3. Diana Kallus (Round Rock, Texas)
3. Coraine Sopru (AUS)
5. Marie-Josephe Lepeltier (FRA)
6. Bonnie Aher (Shoreline, Wis.)
7. Brigitte Greunke (GER)
8. Ingrid Eiritz (SWE)

16. Gemin Channing (Frederick, Md.)
17. Anna Estrada (San Francisco, Calif.)

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