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Great Britain pick up men's team foil bronze at Europeans

Richard Kruse praised his compatriots’ determination after Great Britain claimed men’s foil team bronze at the 2013 European Fencing Championshi...

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Fencing medal hopes over for GB

Britain's last chance of a fencing medal came and went at the ExCeL - but how they gave it their best efforts against top seeds Italy.

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Fencers into quarter-finals

Britain's fencers appeared to have caught some of the feel-good factor as they reached the quarter-finals of the men's team foil at the ExCeL th...

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British fencing duo out of singles

Sophie Williams and Louise Bond-Williams could not change the story for Britain's fencing team at the ExCeL as both lost their opening contests....

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Male fencers crash out

British fencing had its biggest disappointment yet with a complete blow-out in the men's foil at the ExCeL on Tuesday morning.

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Medal Record

London 2012
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Beijing 2008
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Athens 2004
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze

Biography

Richard Kruse was the first British fencer to qualify outright for London 2012 after winning a satellite event in Copenhagen in March – Natalia Sheppard became the second after the final European qualifying event in Bratislava a month later.

Kruse’s win in Copenhagen placed him above Rostislav Hertsyk in the battle for the last automatic qualifying spot, having beaten the Ukrainian en route to victory, and guaranteed him a third successive Olympic appearance.

In April 2012 he beat reigning world champion Andrea Cassara on his way to winning bronze at the Wakayama Grand Prix.

Kruse finished eighth on his Olympic debut at Athens 2004, the best performance by a British fencer for 40 years, and underlined his senior potential by winning European junior silver in 2001 and then gold a year later.

He took up the sport in 1994 when Ziemek Wojciechowski invited him to have a go. The former Poland international is still his coach to this very day. Kruse is a qualified civil engineer and can play the bagpipes.