London 2012

All GB fencers bow out

Two more home competitors suffer first round exits at the ExCeL

Last Updated: 01/08/12 3:20pm

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Louise Bond-Williams (R): First round exit

Louise Bond-Williams (R): First round exit

Sophie Williams and Louise Bond-Williams could not reverse Britain's fencing fortunes at the ExCeL Arena as both fell at the first hurdle.

Williams, the 21-year-old from Cornwall, went down 15-6 to Italy's world number six Irene Vecchi.

Moments later, 30-year-old Bond-Williams, who competed in Athens eight years ago, suffered a 15-8 defeat to Greek world number four Vassiliki Vougiouka.

With no competitors left in the men's epee it meant none of the 10-strong home squad, eight of them given host nation places, had managed to reach the last 16 in the individual events.

The biggest disappointment was medal hope Richard Kruse's heavy first round loss in the foil on Tuesday.

Giant-killing

Still to come are the men's and women's team foil and there are only nine countries in those - but if Britain beat Egypt in the first round they then have to face top seeds Italy.

Earlier on Wednesday, Seth Kelsey moved two wins away from becoming the first male fencer to win gold for the United States.

The 30-year-old Californian, competing in his third Games, knocked out world number one Nikolai Novosjolov - in front of Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip - en route to the semi-finals of the epee.

He will face Venezuelan Ruben Limardo, who produced his own giant-killing by eliminating first Swiss world number five Max Heinzer and then Italy's world champion Paolo Pizzo, ranked fourth.

The other semi-final is between world number 47 Bartosz Piasecki, a Norwegian of Polish descent, and 15th-ranked South Korean Jung Jinsun.

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