Baku 2015: Itzkowitz vows to learn from Games experience

25 June 2015 / 10:19

Aliya Itzkowitz intends to put in the hard yards when she returns to London from Baku following her exit in the last 32 of the individual sabre.

The three-time British champion cruised through the pool stage, beating four of her five Group F opponents.

The 21-year-old was leading Poland’s Martyna Watora 8-3 after period one of her table of 32 bout, but eventually fell to a 15-12 defeat and Itzkowitz knows she still has plenty to work on.

“After leading for most of the match I choked up at the end,” she said.

“It’s given me some things to think about. I need to work on my long attack, she was making me miss a lot. Sometimes that happens when I’m nervous too, I tense up and miss.

“I need to work on finishing up the longer fights as well. I haven’t done one of those in a while and you need to be able to stay sharp throughout, especially in sabre, because even if you get off to a good start it is very easy for a lead to slip away if you’re not on every point. So that will be my takeaway lesson.

“I was pleased with how I fenced in the pool and I beat people that were seeded higher than me. I wish I could have built on it.”

In the men’s individual foil competition, Ben Peggs and Alexander Tofalides were unable to get out of their respective pools.

And though Richard Kruse and Marcus Mepstead did progress both lost their respective table of 32 fights to Jean-Paul Tony Helissey Italy’s Francesco Ingargiola.

However, Mepstead has vowed not to dwell on his defeat with the foil team event to come on Saturday.

“I’ll pick myself up, we’ve got the team event and a really strong chance of medalling,” said the 25-year-old.

“It would have been nice to have gone further here today. I had a bit of a poor start but I picked myself up for that knockout match, it just wasn’t enough.”

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