FENCING: World team gold and individual silver for Viv Frith in Egypt

Stretton under Fosse fencer just misses out to Great Britain team mate in final

Friday, 1st November 2019, 7:39 am
Viv Frith

Former world champion Viv Frith of Stretton under Fosse won a silver medal at the recent veterans’ fencing world championships in Cairo.

Number one seed in her 15-strong 70+ women’s sabre event after the first round, she swept through her first two direct elimination bouts, overwhelming Lepeltier (France) 10-0 and Channing (USA) 10-3 before facing team-mate Silvia Brown in the final.

A tough fight ensued with Frith leading 8-7 at one stage, but Brown took the last three hits to win 10-8.

In the team championships, one of two fencers from each age group (50, 60 and 70+) fence their opposite number twice for five hits, producing a maximum of 30 points.

Second seeds Great Britain beat Japan 30-20, then had a narrow win over USA 30-27 before dominating Germany 30-15 to win team gold.