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The Birmingham International Open took place over the Easter weekend.


Irish #1 David Alexander (Nottingham Cavaliers) took home bronze, competing in a field of 86 foilists. Chris Lennon (Salle Boston) reached the L16, while Phillip Cripwell (DUFC) was the only Irishman in the L32, placing 21st.  Patrick Dempsey of Saxon FC came 68th and DUFC fencer Sean Patmore was 83rd.

Olympic hopeful Victoria Duxbury (Edinburgh FC) placed inside the top half, coming 25th of 61 fencers. Duxbury was knocked out 15-11 by clubmate Katie Smith. Crystal-Rose Percival (DUFC) placed 56th.


Belfast-based Michael Jacob (Birmingham FC) placed 14th of 37 after a 15-10 loss to 3rd seed Andrew Williamson. Williamson was upset 15-7 in the quarter-final by Stephen Concannon (Salle Dublin), who went on to claim the second Irish bronze of the weekend.


A strong contingent of épéeists were in attendance at this year's Birmingham Open, though the event is not nominated for Irish ranking points in this weapon.

Jennifer McGeever (Pentathlon Ireland), recently selected to fence for Ireland at the upcoming Olympic qualifier, finished 9th out of 75 in Women's Épée. The top seed following the pools, she knocked out Anna-Lise Mion (Pembroke FC) 15-6 in the L32, but was upset in the next round by fellow pentathlete Freyja Prentice. Mion placed 28th.  

Lucy Johnson (DUFC) and Rachel Conner (Laszlo's) also reached the L32, placing 23rd and 30th respectively. Lorette Laschetti (Lansdowne) and Camille Boelt Hindsgaul (DUFC) had byes into the L64 but lost their first DEs to finish 45th and 47th respectively.

In Men's Épée, Jamie Simpson (Imperial College London) earned a bye into the L64 but was knocked out 15-13 by Keith Barnett. He placed 39th.  Donncdha Carroll (UCC) was knocked out 15-9 in the first round and finished 72nd of 83. 

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