Richard Kruse admits he and his teammates can now start planning for an exciting summer ahead after Great Britain’s fencers ensured a men’s foil team will be heading to Rio 2016.
A ninth-place finish in the Bonn World Cup ensured that Great Britain are the highest European World ranked team outside the World top four, meaning that their Olympic quota places are secure.
They had to play a waiting game on Sunday after losing by a single hit to Germany, who could have leapfrogged Great Britain in the rankings if they finished top two at the event.
However, Germany could only finish seventh after losing to France in the quarter-finals – and 2012 Olympian Kruse believes the team is in an even stronger position than four years ago.
“I’m delighted that we have managed to secure qualification of a British men’s foil team for the Rio Olympic Games this summer,” said Kruse.
“The team I’m currently in is the strongest British foil team that I’ve ever been part of. We have put in some world class performances this season and were always in a good position to qualify. I’m just pleased that it’s a done deal now.”