Irish Open Fencing

For the fifth time, Ireland will be hosting this weekend an FIE (International Fencing Federation) Satellite Competition at Men’s Epee at UCD Sports Centre, Belfield..  The top 8 in this competition will be awarded world ranking points and will also be awarded points in the Coupe du Nord ranking system.   This year being Olympic qualification year, the precious points available will count towards qualification for London.



There is an entry of 59 fencers, 19 of whom are Irish.   A total of 16 countries (including Ireland) are represented:  Argentina, Brazil, Cyprus, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Slovakia and Switzerland.  




The format of the competition will be a first round of 9 pools of 7 or 6 fencers – this round is used to establish a seeding for the second round, and no fencers will be eliminated from this first round.   The second round of 9 pools of 6 or 7 fencers will be seeded from the results of the first round.  The last 15 will then be eliminated and the top 44 from the 2nd pool round will go forward into an incomplete direct elimination table of 64 fencers, where the no. 1 seed will meet no. 64, and so on, until 4 fencers remain.   There will then be 2 semi-final matches and a final.



In addition to the Men’s Epee event, the Women’s Foil  and Women’s Epee will take place on Saturday 3rd, with the Men’s Foil, Men’s Sabre and Women’s Sabre on Sunday.



The equipment needed to run this competition has mainly been funded from the Lottery.





Contact:          Nuala McGarrity – 086-8350921






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