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Kelsey Reaches Top 8 in Paris

11/08/2010, 5:36am CST
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For Immediate Release
8 November 2010
Kelsey Reaches Top Eight at Worlds
US Fencers continued to turn in fantastic results today at the 2010 World Fencing Championships in Paris, France. Seth Kelsey (Brush Prairie, Wash.) reached the top eight in the extraordinarily deep and talented Men’s Epee field, Ben Bratton (New York, N.Y.) reached the top 16, and Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) reached a career-high 16th in the Women’s Epee.
Kelsey, seeded 46th in the tableaux of 64, squeeked by Kyoung Doo Park of Korea with a nervewracking 5-4 win in his first bout of the morning. He then upset the 14th seed, Russia’s Anton Avdeev, 15-11, and next beat Radoslaw Zawrotniak of Poland 15-9 to advance to the quarterfinals.
He lost his quarterfinal bout to Gauthier Grumier of France. Kelsey stayed within a touch or two of Grumier through the first period, but Grumier pulled away after the first one-minute break and won 15-9.
Bratton began the day by eaking out a 10-9 win against Chao Huang of China in the round of 64 and then a huge upset of the no. 5 seed, Paolo Pizzo of Italy, 15-11 to advance to the top 16. There, Bratton was defeated by Gabor Bocsko of Hungary 15-8. Bocsko (silver or gold)
Ben Ungar (Bronx, N.Y.) also had a good competition. Seeded 58th in the round of 64, he upset the seventh seed, Ruben Limardo of Venezuela, 15-13, but was then beaten by Jean-Michel Lucenay of France 15-12.
In the Individual Women’s Epee event, Kelley Hurley started out the day seeded 48th after Friday’s preliminaries. In her first match, in the round of 64, she upset the 17th seed, Mara Navarria of Italy, 15-11. Next, Hurley handed a defeat to 16th seed Monika Sozanska of Germany, 15-9. She was finally stopped in the round of 16 by the top seed in the world, Hungary’s Emese Szasz. Szasz won the bout 15-7, and went on to earn the silver medal.
Kelley’s sister Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) lost her first match of the day to Ukrainian Yana Shemyakina, in a first 9-8 bout. Her two US teammates, Lindsay Campbell (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Lauren Willock (Astoria, N.Y.), were eliminated on the first day of competition.
In the Wheelchair Women’s Epee, Cat. B, the US’s Andrea DeMello (New York, N.Y.) was eliminated in the first round of the competition. The US had no competitors in the Wheelchair Women’s Cat. A or C or Men’s Cat. A or C events.
The 2010 World Fencing Championships is being held in concurrence with the World Wheelchair Fencing Championships in Paris, France, Nov. 4-13. Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 9, Men’s and Women’s Saber Team events take to the spectacular stage at the Grand Palais. Wheelchair Team finals will also be held.
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Nov. 4-13, 2010, Paris, France
Nov. 8 Results
Individual Men’s Epee
198 competitors
2. GRUMIER Gauthier  FRA
3. BOCZKO Gabor  HUN
5. SCHMITT Martin  GER
6. GAROZZO Enrico  ITA
7. KELSEY Seth (29, Brush Prairie, Wash./NYAC)
8. SUKHOV Pavel  RUS
15. BRATTON Benjamin (25, New York, N.Y./Westbrook Foundation)
32.  UNGAR Benjamin (24, Bronx, N.Y./NYAC)
115. MATTERN Cody (29, Tigard, Ore./Northwest FC)
Individual Women’s Epee
136 competitors
1. NISIMA Maureen  FRA
2. SZASZ Emese  HUN
7. OH Yun Hee  KOR
8. ANTAL Edina  HUN
15. HURLEY Kelley (22, San Antonio, Texas/NYAC)
61. HURLEY Courtney (20, San Antonio, Texas/NYAC/NDU)
106.  WILLOCK Lauren (25, Astoria, N.Y./Fencers Club)
114. CAMPBELL Lindsay (29, Brooklyn, N.Y./NYAC)
Wheelchair Women’s Epee, Cat. B
18 competitors
1. JANA Saysunee  THA
2. CHAN Yui Chong  HKG
6. DANI Gyongyi  HUN
7. DEMAUDE Cecile  FRA
16. DEMELLO Andrea (New York, N.Y./Fencers Club) 
Wheelchair Men’s Epee, Cat. A.
30 competitors
1.       TIAN Jianquan  CHN
2.       PENDER Dariusz  POL
3.       BETTI Matteo  ITA
3.       DEMCHUK Anrii  UKR
5.       MAILLARD David  FRA
6.       CALKA Norbert  POL
7.       NOBLE Romain  FRA
8.       STANCZUK Radoslaw   POL
Wheelchair Men’s Epee, Cat. B
30 competitors
1. HU Daoliang  CHN
7. KHOBA Oleksandr  UKR
23 ESTEP Ryan (Florence, Miss./Methodist Rehab Center)
25. BRINSON Joey (Okolona, Miss./Methodist Rehab Center)
30. MCGAHA Ken (Douglasville, Ga./Shepherd Swords F.C.):
Wheelchair Men’s Epee, Cat. C
7 competitors
1. BARINOV Sergey  RUS
2. SUNDIYEV Oleksiy  UKR
3. RUSSO William  ITA
6. MOUFLE Fabrice    FRA
7. BOUCHER Louis Philippe  CAN   
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