Luke gains a GB bronze medal in Helsinki

PUBLISHED: 14:50 22 November 2017

Luke Mason.

Luke Mason.

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Fencer Luke Mason gained a bronze medal for Great Britain in only his second international appearance in Helsinki.

Sixteen-year-old Weston College student Luke Mason competed in his second international fencing competition in Helsinki.

Luke started strongly, winning all his pool matches and was sixth seed. In his first two rounds of DEs he unfortunately had to fence two fellow Brits. These were tough bouts but he got through to reach the last 16.

His next opponent was a strong Italian, but Luke got ahead early on and won comfortably 15-11.

Next was a tricky left-handed American, this was close all the way with his opponent doing the same fast attack and lots of doubles being scored. Luke changed his distance slightly and scored with a well-timed stop hit to get him to the semi.

This time he was up against one of the best fencers from America who dominated the match, lightening fast and accurate. However, Luke fought on bravely and did not make it easy for his opponent, though he lost he fenced his best and gained a bronze for GBR.

Luke will be fencing next in Grenoble in December.

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