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Brown foils international rivals
SYLVIE Brown continued her remarkable fencing form with yet another medal on the world stage this month.
She was competing at the Veteran’s World Fencing Championships in Bulgaria and was her team’s top scorer as the British women won sabre bronze.
Brown is no stranger to international triumph though.
Her first world championships gold came in 1998 and since then she has collected too many to remember at world and European championships.
However, her achievement in Bulgaria is particularly significant with competition coming from 45 countries and the overall standard significantly raised by the number of Eastern European fencers taking part.
However, a win over Russia put GB in medal contention before defeats to eventual winners Germany and USA ended their gold hopes.
Brown, who has coached at High Wycombe club Wellesbourne off and on for more than 20 years, said: “It was a good effort. Our bronze medal represents a few victories.”
Brown also competed in the foil, sabre and epee individual competitions.
She said: “Foil is more of a training weapon and the target is the trunk of the body. Epee is more of a duelling sword and you can hit anywhere on the body.
“The sabre is the hooligans weapon. It’s a cutting weapon and attracts a different kind of temperament. It’s the one I wanted to do as a teenager but wasn’t allowed.”
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