Fernwood Sword Club's young duo Arthur Eakin and Ethan Dakin take gold and bronze
Arthur Eakin and Ethan Dakin led the way in a double medal-winning performance in Cardiff, the host city of the latest round of the Leon Paul Junior series.
Eakin won gold for Fernwood Sword Club, which moved him to fourth in the LPJS rankings, while Dakin took bronze in the under-13 category.
Eakin enjoyed a strong start in his first poule, winning all five fights.
Meanwhile, Dakin won four of his five, losing to Edward Thompson, of Dragon Fencing 5-4.
Into the second poule as top seed, Eakin won three and lost once, while his team-mate matched his efforts this time round.
Eakin, with just one loss, went into the knockout rounds as second seed and Dakin as fourth seed.
In the L16, Eakin beat Ian Bertrand, of Russell Swords, 10-2; Dakin had a closer 8-6 win over Zachary Crabb, of Bath Swords, and the Fernwood duo followed it up with a 10-6 and 10-2 win in the quarter finals in their respective bouts.
Down to just four, Dakin fought hard and could feel unlucky to lose 10-9 to Sebastian Beardmore-Esteban, of ZFW, this year’s number one in the LPJS under-13 foil rankings.
In the other semi-final, Eakin had also learnt from his defeat in the poules.
He kept his nerve and played a better tactical game to overcome Ryan Zhang 8-7.
The youngster followed it up and fought confidently in the final to avenge his team-mate and beat Sebastian Beardmore-Esteban, the final score being 10-8.
Sharon Jones, of Fernwood Sword Club, praised Eakin’s recent form.
She said: “It was Arthur’s first gold medal in the LJPS competitions and is a fair reward for his hard work.”
Elsewhere, Fernwood’s most experienced fencer Ed Howlett, of Farndon, moved up to 16th in the GB senior men’s foil rankings — it is his highest ever position.