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Sheppard shines as fencers beat Egypt

August 2, 2012 10:39 am

Britain's women set up a quarter-final clash with hot favourites Italy with a 45-34 victory over Egypt in the fencing team foil at the ExCeL.

Polish-born Natalia Sheppard led the way, winning all three of her contests by a combined 22-11 margin, but team-mates Anna Bentley and Sophie Troiano played their parts too.

Bentley is easily the lowest-ranked of the trio at 165th in the world, but she beat 58th-ranked Rana El Husseiny - brought in as a reserve by the Egyptians early in the match - 6-1.

Troiano, meanwhile, had two 3-2 victories to give Sheppard a fairly comfortable ride in the closing fight with top opponent Eman Gaber.

It came after none of the 10-strong British squad managed to reach the last 16 of their individuals events.

The Italians, however, had a clean sweep of the women's foil medals last Saturday and have three of the current world top four, including star Valentina Vezzali.

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