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Ed Howlett represented Great Britain in the Eden Cup and London Cup before being selected as a King's Sport Performance Athlete

By Connor Thompson

Farndon’s Ed Howlett has been selected as a King’s Sport Performance Athlete after helping King’s London in their 135-76 win over Queen Mary.

Fighting for his university, Howlett won his match 6-3 and moved his side’s season tally to three wins from three.

Fernwood’s James Rutherford also fought for his university, Nottingham Trent, and fenced in sabre, epee and foil as he defeated University of Nottingham 3rds 132-110.

ED HOWLETT represented Great Britain in both the Eden Cup and London Cup over the weekend.
ED HOWLETT represented Great Britain in both the Eden Cup and London Cup over the weekend.

A rewarding weekend for Howlett saw him fence in two international competitions as he fought for Great Britain’s under-20 squad in the Eden Cup in Docklands, East London, before competing in the London Cup at the same venue.

In the Eden Cup, he finished 88th of 158 fencers and picked up international ranking points because of his top-96 placing.

Howlett fenced well in the poule and beat Germany’s Marcus Praus, Russia’s Vadim Bazulev and Qatar’s Ali Owaida.

After losing two fights, Howlett was placed 85th and fought US fencer Allan Ding.

He decided to go for strong attacks, but the tactical decision did not work and Ding won comprehensively.

In the London Cup, Howlett beat fellow Great Britain fencer, Owen Grosvenor 5-1, Malte Westesson from Sweden 5-2, Jose Guimaraes from Portugal 5-1, Teun Jans-Kohneke from Holland 5-1 and Alexandru Sirb from Romania 5-3.

His only loss was 4-5 to the men’s foil gold medallist in the World Youth Olympics in Rio this summer, Frenchman Armand Spichiger.

In the knock-out stages Howlett had a bye in the last 128, before facing Luis Macedo of Portugal, a higher ranked fencer.

Howlett started with a cautious approach and went behind. He changed tactics and started to attack aggressively but it was too late and he went out 13-15.

Ed finished 37th from 121 fencers and was the fourth highest finisher of the 32 Great British fencers.

Fernwood Sword Club guest fencer Serena Patel was also fencing as part of the Great Britain under-20 squad.

She beat a Belgian 5-1.

But, despite picking points up in all her matches, with a 30% cut did not manage to make the knockout stages.

The next day Patel won two ties comfortably before losing 3-2 and 5-4 to French fencers.

Patel was knocked out in the round of 64 by Arina Prytkova, which saw her finish 44th.


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