FENCING - Gougoulias adds to growing medal haul with bronze and silver at British Championships - The Stratford Observer

FENCING - Gougoulias adds to growing medal haul with bronze and silver at British Championships

Stratford Editorial 2nd May, 2024 Updated: 9th May, 2024   0

OLYMPIOS Gougoulias added to his growing medal haul by winning bronze and silver at the British Championships in Sheffield.

The 22-year-old fought off competition from the top-50 to claim third place in the senior men’s event to move up to sixth in the British rankings.

And he then won silver with three fellow Shakespeare’s Swords fencers in the team event after recently claiming gold at the Birmingham International Fencing Tournament

Gougoulias said: “To make the podium in the individual event was amazing, definitely one of my career best results to date.

“And going back the next day with my Stratford teammates for silver was very special, probably my best team result since getting gold in the Commonwealth Juniors.

“I was not even sure I would make it to the British Championships. It has taken a lot of hard work by myself, the coaches and physios to get back to full fitness.

“Overall it has been a great season for me to date with two gold, one silver and one bronze at major domestic tournaments and call ups to represent GBR  in Belgium, Turkey, France, Georgia, Italy and Hungary.”

Shakespeare’s Swords fencers enjoyed a good weekend all round as fellow GBR squad members Barnaby Halliwell and Louis Bedford finished sixth and 16th respectively while Sophia Potter placed ninth in the women’s competition.

Also competing in Sheffield were Elliot Baxter (19th), Liam Croft (21st), Ryuki Hiyama (32nd) and Ryan Olsson (38th).

Elsewhere, Henry Pick returned from Saudi Arabia after finishing 77th in the World Cadet Championships with Hiyama 67th in the junior event.

And five of the club’s young fencers medalled at the Leon Paul Junior Series Laertes Revenge competition as under-14’s Innes Ireland won gold and Louis Welzel won bronze, under-12 William Thomas also won gold while under-10’s Victor Liddor won gold and Tyler Li won bronze.

Coach Chris Buxton said: “It has been a great season for us so far.

“We are achieving great results across the board domestically and internationally at all levels from under-10’s right the way up to our veterans.”

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