On day 3 of the Cadet/Junior World Championships we saw both Men’s and Women’s Junior Epee team events. All three of our BC epeeists – Christina Zozulya, Seraphim Jarov, and Fynn Fafard – would be competing in the events.
First up was Christina Zozulya, who was joined by team Canada teammates Cindy Gao, Shirley Guo, and Ariane Leonard. Among the 34 countries competing in the team event, our Canadian girls were seeded 16th going into the competition. They were awarded a BYE into the round of 32, and would fence 17th seeded Hong Kong in their first direct elimination bout. The girls pulled out a fantastic 45-34 win over their Hong Kong opponents. Moving onto the round of 16 and the girls ran into team Italy, who were ranked first. Unfortunately, though the girls were primarily leading for the bulk of the bout, our Canadian’s lost 38-39 to the Italian’s – a nail-bitingly close bout throughout. This final bout landed team Canada in 13th place overall. Well done, girls!
Next was Seraphim Jarov and Fynn Fafard, alongside teammates Ted Vinnitchouk, and David Gornovsky. The boys were seeded 32nd out of 41 countries, placing them against the Netherlands in their first direct elimination bout. Though the boys put on a good show in the round of 64, they were unable to defeat the team NED, losing a close 39-41 bout. This resulted in a 34th place finish for the epee boys.
And with that, the epee competition came to a close. Well done to all of our BC and Canadian epeeists on their results, and safe travels home to you all. Day 4 will kick off the first day of the sabre competition, with Junior Men’s and Women’s Sabre individual events. Stay tuned!