There were huge results from Ireland’s foilists at the Barcelona Satellite, held this year in the suburban town of Sabadell.
Stephen Brown got the top result of the day, winning five of his six pool matches including his bout against world #85 Files CRO. Brown earned a bye through the L128, but fell 15-11 in the L64 to Lloyd GBR.
Following close behind, James Brosnan defeated Parra Collazos COL, Bear USA and Di Francesco GBR in the pool. Also earning a bye into the L64, he faced a tough bout against Italy’s Vicenzo Erman and was edged out 15-13.
Brown and Brosnan were joined in the L64 by Lachlan Sykes, whose V2D4 earned him a place in the tableau but without a bye through the first round. He overturned Salle Boston clubmate Abidogun GBR, going through 15-13, but was knocked out 15-6 by Aymeric Mourrain of France.
NI team stalwart Alastair Johnston missed out on the L64, earning a single pool victory over Senent ESP.
The final pitted world number 38 Carlos Llavador against Olympic silver medallist Alaaeldin Abouelkassem. Llavador took gold at his ‘home’ satellite 15-13. [Full results: Barcelona Satellite – SMF, via FIE website]
- Stephen Brown (Queen's University Belfast) – 34th / 102
- James Brosnan (Warwick University) – 43rd / 102
- Lachlan Sykes (Salle Boston) – 59th / 102
- Alastair Johnston (Salle Holyrood) – 82nd / 102
A stellar morning for Anna Lee saw her progress through the pools unbeaten after facing Mullins GBR, Vicente ESP, Raudaskoski FIN, Valero-Collantes SWE, and world #61 Liu HKG. With a bye through the L64, Lee eliminated Bitterova SVK 15-7. She was defeated 15-10 by Mexican Olympian, Nataly Michel, in the L16.
Victoria Duxbury earned victories over Alonso ESP and Diaz Martinez COL, going out 15-9 to Sirbu ROU.
Squeezing past the cut with a single pool win (over Martinez Albarran ESP), Keziah Beattie was knocked out 15-7 by Marino ESP.
Saskia Van Ervan Garcia COL – now ranked 28th in the world – took her second satellite gold of the season in a direct rematch of her Antalya final against Marta Cammilletti ITA. Cammilletti ran Garcia closer on this occasion, conceding the title 15-11. [Full results: Barcelona Satellite – SWF, via FIE website]
- Anna Lee (Paris TA / Pembroke FC) – 9th / 75
- Victoria Duxbury (Edinburgh University) – 56th / 75
- Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC) – 59th / 75