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The European Championships for U23s began this morning in Minsk, Belarus, with three Irish foilists taking to the piste.

James Brosnan (University of Warwick) made the L32 today, defeating Egyenes-Porsok SVK, Schoppa GER and Khamzin RUS in the pool. He earned a bye into the L32 and was knocked out by Borodachev RUS. [Match video here.]

Queen’s University Belfast’s Stephen Brown also earned three victories in the pool, over Chastanet FRA, Finch GBR, and Files CRO. Brown drew Files for a re-match in the L64 and was overturned 15-8.

The newest member of the panel, Kristofer Gwynne (Durham University), defeated world #208 Tseven BLR in the pool but didn’t make the cut for tableau.

20th – James Brosnan
38th – Stephen Brown
51st – Kristofer Gwynne

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