Rome Women's Epee World Cup: A moderate competition with 136 fencers, but still with a strong field of the worlds best.
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The intensity of the competition program is now telling. The FIE’s insistence to program the championships close together in time reduces event recovery time. This suits some but not all, and mainly not the top fencers. For the finalists, being at the top, constantly performing imposes a stress and without adequate rest, there is fatigue. Clearly one or two weeks rest might not be enough. Hence the abundance of new names at the top as the opportunity for others is created. LI Na of China could only just manage to make the top 10, in 9th place ceding her top place in the Chinese team to Zhong Weiping who placed 5th.
In spite of the movement in the top placings, Jessica Beer also continues her improvement, placing 84th. This is even more pleasing with regards our Trans-Tasman neighbor’s five strong team, only Evelyn Halls had a higher placing and showed the same inclination to improve, moving up to a 24th place finish.
There is a lesson in this that long term it is also how well the fencers perform, including on their bad days that differentiates out the better fencers rather than simply how well they fence.
Next up, the 17th of February, has Henry Thomson on the piste in Tallin (Estonia) for the Men’s Epee World Cup. Jessica now has a break from the big pistes and we look for her next “on the piste” on 24th March, the Souvenir J. Nowara in Luxembourg.
So go those Kiwi.
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