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england: epeeist john willis April 22, 2007

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2012 Olympics hopefuls: Jon Willis, fencer

Great start – now make sure the best is yet to come

By Alan Hubbard

 

Published: 22 April 2007

Not every 2012 Olympics hopeful is currently a teenage tiro. Jon Willis is 26, which means by the time of the London jamboree he will be 31, a veteran in these days of young people’s games but, he reckons, an age which will see him at the peak of his. This happens to be fencing, a sport in which Britain has never had a men’s Olympic champion. But Willis is ready to have a stab at it, in every sense.  

Last month he became the first British épée fencer in over a quarter of a century to win a World Cup event with his victory at the Hedenheimer Pokal in Germany, which in fencing-speak is big licks, the most prestigious competition outside the Olympics and world championships, with a field of 195 top international duellists.

 

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