Davis claims European foil fencing title

09 June 2014 / 21:19

James Davis impressively upgraded his bronze from 12 months ago to claim foil gold at fencing's European Championships in Strasbourg.

Davis, who was part of Team GB at London 2012, relocated to San Francisco last year in a bid to take his fencing to the next level.

He now trains full-time with the US team at Stanford University and two demanding sessions a day are clearly paying off.

Davis, 22, came through his pool with ease and impressed in the knockout stages.

He beat the Czech Republic's Alexan Choupentich in the quarter-finals and then defeated five-time world champion Peter Joppich, part of Germany's bronze medal winning team at the London Olympics, to book his final slot.

And there he claimed the scalp of 2012 European champion, Russia's Alexey Cheremisinov, to take gold.

Davis will now look for another medal as part of the British foil team, who are looking to improve on their bronze from last year in Zagreb.

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