Jessica Beer and Jennifer Hope produced outstanding performances in the World Cup individual Women’s Epee event in Rome.
Fencing strongly from the first round Jessica Beer stormed through the 115 strong international field from the start. She beat the world 8th ranked fencer, Sonja Tol (Holland) for the top 16 round where she came within an excruciating 1 hit of the final of eight, surviving a broken blade and torn breeches, to lose 14 -15 to Julie Leprohon of Canada, and taking 13th place.
On the other half of the table, Jennifer Hope produced an excellent solid first round performance then qualification through to the last 64. On the second day of fencing, she was unable to advance further, finishing with a 33rd place.
In the world standings, Jessica Beer moves up to 83rd and Jennifer Hope 90th.
“This is the first time we have had two fencers at the same time in the top one hundred of the international ranking”, said Martin Brill, President of Fencing New Zealand. “The performance progress of both these fencers is excellent, a direct result of their quality training”.
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