Following the Cadet events, the Junior competition ran from February 25th-28th with both individual and team events.
The first day of the Junior events say Fynn Fafard and Seraphim Jarov competing in the Men’s epee category, fresh out of the Vancouver World Cup. Both boys started out strong in their poules, with Seraphim going undefeated 6-0 and Fynn 5-1, losing only a close 5-4 bout to Justin Haddad (USA). With a 2nd place seed for Seraphim and 7th place for Fynn, both were granted BYEs through to the round of 32. Seraphim faced Luis Steffano Brilla Araya (CRC) winning in a prompt 15-5 bout, while Fynn was against Pedro Petrich (BRA) with a victory of 15-6. In top 16, Seraphim faced off with Jorge Valderrama (CHI), and unfortunately losing the close bout 15-14. Fynn moved forward into the round of 8 after a 15-9 victory against Lucio Perez Ondartz (ARG). However, in top 8 he also versed Valderrama and despite being a lead throughout the bout, he ended up losing 15-13. Seraphim finished 9th and Fynn 6th.
On the second day of Junior events, Christina Zozulya competed in women’s epee and Adam Wong in Men’s foil.
Christina started the day going 3-2 in poules, and gaining a BYE into 32s. Her first DE was against Claudia Aguilar (MEX), winning the close bout 15-14. In the round of 16 she faced Michaela Joyce, but was defeated 15-9. She finished in 15th place overall.
Adam went 3-3 in his poule, seeding 23rd and having a BYE going into DEs. In the round of 32 he faced Kevin Lima (BRA), but lost an unfortunate 15-4 bout. Adam placed 24th overall.
Fynn and Seraphim competed again in Team Men’s Epee, seeding 2nd and having a BYE into the round of 8. Their first opponents were Team Colombia, and with a steady lead throughout the 9 periods, the Canadian team won 45-19. In the semi-final, they faced Team Brazil, and with another comfortable lead they beat the Brazilian team 45-35. The gold medal bout was close through the first five periods, though the Canadians were at least a point or two in the lead. They were able to grow their lead gradually in second half of the bout before defeating the Americans 45-35 to win the gold medal!
Victor Gantsevich (Coach), Manuel Belmonte (Team Manager), Team Canada: Ted Vinnitchouk, Fynn Fafard, Seraphim Jarov and Nathan Brunet – Gold Medalists.
The last day of competition featured Christina Zozulya in Team Women’s epee and Adam Wong in Team Men’s foil.
The women’s team faced off with Costa Rica in their first DE, with a landslide victory of 45-12. Their next bout against Chile remained close, even seeing the Canadians slip a point or two behind at times. However, in the 5th period they pulled ahead and shifted the bout in their favour, ending with a 45-35 victory. In the gold medal bout they were against Team USA, but unfortunately lost the match 45-23, taking home the silver medal!
Canadian Women’s Epee- Silver Medalists. Photo by Esgrima El Salvador Centroamérica.
In the team men’s foil event, Canada was up against Colombia in their first DE. The team had a strong start with a 45-19 win over the Colombians. In semi-finals they faced Chile, and it was a close bout the whole way through. The lead went back and forth between the two teams straight to the end where Simon Poon anchored the Canadians to a 45-43 win. The gold medal bout against the US was a close one. Going into the 7th period, Adam Wong was subbed in for Niklas Holland, bringing the team to 35-34 over the Americans. Unfortunately, in the last period the US team managed to make a break for the lead, winning 45-39 over Canada.
Canadian Men’s Foil – Silver Medalists. Photo by Esgrima El Salvador Centroamérica.
Well done to all of our Junior athletes who competed last week!