300 fencers from 31 countries compete in Jing'an District

This year, more than 300 fencers from 31 countries and regions joined the competition.
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Fencers from 31 countries and regions compete over the three-day competition.

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Andrea Cippessa, coach of the Italian fencing team, instructs students at Fenghua Junior Middle School. 

More than 300 fencers from 31 countries and regions competed during the three-day Westgate Mall Fencing Grand Prix Shanghai in Jing’an District.

British fencer Richard Kruse, who won the European Fencing Championships in 2006, was crowned in the men’s foil. Russian fencer Inna Deriglazova, who got the gold medal in the 2016 Olympics, became the champion for women’s foil. 

The competition has been held in Jing’an for 15 years. Jing’an has produced several great fencers, like Wang Lei who won the gold medal at the male épée 2006 World Fencing Championships, and Zhong Weiping who won the gold medal in the women's épée team event in the same competition. Now, the district has 254 registered fencers.

To help better popularize the sport, top fencers and coaches visiting Shanghai for competitions have been invited to give lessons to elementary and middle-school students in Jing’an. 

On May 17, Andrea Cippessa, coach of the Italian fencing team, instructed students at Fenghua Junior Middle School. 


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