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World Championships Begin!

11/04/2010, 9:43am CDT
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For Immediate Release
4 November 2010
World Championships has begun! The first day of competition at the 2010 World Fencing Championships featured preliminary Men’s Foil, Epee and Saber events.
The Men’s Foil field was whittled down from 147 to 64 fencers this afternoon after preliminary pools and elimination bouts. All four US men’s foil fencers reached the top 64. Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.), 5-1 in pool action, was seeded 32nd into the elimination tableaux of 64 and will face Bejamin Kleibrink of Germany in the morning.
The remaining three Americans were exempted from preliminary rounds by virtue of their seeding. However, the morning’s seeding will be as follows:
Kurt Getz (Rye, N.Y.), seeded 16th, will fence Carlos Rodriguez of Venezuela
Miles Chamley-Watson (Philadelphia, Pa.), seeded 9th, will face Bogdan Gurinenko of the Ukraine
Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.), seeded 14th, will face Jamie Kenber of Great Britain
All four US men’s saber fencers also advanced. Tim Morehouse (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won five of his six bouts and was seeded directly into the round of 64. At 29th seed, he will face Dmitri Lapkes of Belarus in the morning.
James Williams (Sacramento, Calif.) won four of five and then was given a win over Parviz Darvishijani of Iran; Darvishijani apparently withdrew due to injury. Williams was seeded 45th into the elimination rounds and will face Woo Young Won of Korea tomorrow.
Ben Igoe (Staten Island, N.Y.) had a tougher day, winning two of five. He rebounded and beat Xiao Liu of China 15-8. Seeded 63rd, he will face the no. 2 seed, Nicolas Limbach of Germany.
Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y.) won all six of his bouts and was advanced to the top 64. Homer, seeded 18th, will face Bolade Apithy of France.
In the Men’s Epee event, Ben Bratton (New York, N.Y.), Seth Kelsey (Brush Prairie, Wash.) and Benjamin Ungar (Bronx, N.Y.) are into the round of 64.
Kelsey won 4 of his 6 pool bouts, Ungar won 3 of 6, Bratton 5 of 6, and Cody Mattern (Tigard, Ore.) 3 of 6.
In his first two elimination outings, Kelsey defeated Ozran Debic of Croatia 15-7 and then Ahmed Nabil of Egypt, 15-12. He will face Kyoung Doo Park of Korea when competition resumes on Monday.
Ungar won two elimination bouts to advance – he beat Ayman Alaa El Din Fayz of Egypt 15 – 11 and Stefan Cipar of Slovakia 15-11. He will face Ruben Limardo of Venezuela in the round of 64.
Bratton had a bye in the first DE round, and then defeated Igor Reyzlin of the Ukraine. When fencing resumes, Bratton will face Chao Huang of China.
Mattern was defeated in his first elimination bout by Jiri Beran of the Czech Republic, 15-13.
Preliminaries will continue tomorrow, with the women taking the stage. Finals and Wheelchair competition will begin Nov. 6. The Championships runs through November 13. See for more results and information about the Championships.
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