Olympic Qualification – Tokyo Men’s Foil Update
Qualification for the men’s foil events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games continued at the weekend in Tokyo, Japan. The event was also used as the preparation event for the Olympics.
Going into the weekend the France and Italy occupied two of the four automatic qualification places. Russia held the additional European quote place and went into the event 21 points ahead of Germany. Great Britain were a further 20 points behind Germany.
France and the USA were in electric form in Tokyo, blasting through all that stood in front of them to make the final. France took the gold beating the USA 45-39. Those two teams continue to build their lead on everyone else at the top of the Olympic rankings. Russia beat Korea in the quarterfinals meaning they are closing the gap between them and have given themselves in a realistic chance of qualifying as a top four team. Italy also made the semi-finals and leapfrogged Korea in doing so. That means that France, Italy and Russia are sitting in the qualifying zone for Tokyo. Both Germany and Great Britain are still in the hunt if Russia can break into the top four.
Ahead of the event Marcus Mepstead of Great Britain led the race for the additional individual places and was followed by Germany’s Benajim Kleibrink. They both made the top 32 in Tokyo so maintain their lead over the chasing pack but Czech fencer Alexander Choupentich made the top sixteen. That puts him into contention along with Michael Seiss of Poland and Spain’s Carlos Lavador.
They next meet in Paris at the World Cup in January.