The European Championships for fencers over the age of 40 took place in the Italian town of Chiavari this week. Events were organised in the brackets of 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-74 and 75+. Four Irish fencers made the trip, competing in foil and épée.
In Men's Foil Evgeniy Kazantsev (Pembroke FC) defeated Barone ITA, Lavrynenko UKR, Guenet FRA, Ban HUN to earn a bye into the L64. After a convincing victory over Maibaum GER (progressing 10-2) he was knocked out 10-9 by Sirenko RUS, placing 26th of 83.
Philip Lee (Pembroke FC) seeded 7th after the pools with victories over Delacour FRA, Hamilton GBR, Belli ITA, Chubarov GER and Makay HUN. He was overturned by Medhurst GBR in the L32 to place 17th of 45.
Brian Boru FC's Anna-Lise Mion had a tough start in Women's Épée, with a single victory over Mosca ITA. She broke seed against Gursel TUR to progress to the L64, where she met top seed and eventual finalist Haarlem SWE. Anna-Lise was knocked out 10-5 and placed 59th of 85.