The 23rd amateur under-20s world fencing championships opened in Madrid on Thursday with competitors from 30 countries taking part.
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MV Burian of Poland (left) with Genopoulos of Greece (6 shots)
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Background: The 23rd amateur under-20s world fencing championships opened in Madrid on Thursday with competitors from 30 countries taking part.
The competition is divided into three categories--foil, epee and sabre--and Thursday was devoted to elimination rounds in the foil category.
SYNOPSIS: In Spain, the 23rd world fencing championships for under-twenties opened on Thursday at the Palace of Sports in Madrid. The competition continues throughout the Easter weekend. The championships are divided into foil. epee and sabre contests, and Thursday saw the elimination rounds of the foil event. Italy, the Soviet Union and Hungary seemed strongly placed at the start of the quarter-finals, but the Italians slumped badly in the semi-finals, and the top favourite, Klaus Hartter of east Germany, was also eliminated.
The foil finals on Friday will be a contest between Benko of Australia, Behr of West Germany, Rouziev of the Soviet Union, Pietruszka of France and Godel of Poland. In this bout burian of Poland was facing Ganopoulos of Greece.