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Rickmansworth fencer Jasmine Porter wins gold medal at Leon Paul event
1:00pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in Sport
Rickmansworth's talented 12-year-old fencer Jasmine Porter won a gold medal at the Leon Paul event held in Camden.
Porter, who started fencing at Three Rivers Young Blades and trains there three times a week, went through the day unbeaten in 14 bouts in a row to claim the top prize.
She won the final in great style by ten points to six in a bout that was refereed by James Davis, who represented Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics and is currently ranked in the top ten in the world.
Porter said: “Getting my first gold medal in a Leon Paul event means a great deal to me especially as it was in such a large and competitive tournament.
“It was a really long day but I was able to up my performance as the day went on and my busy training schedule is really paying off now.”
The youngster moved further up the England rankings as a result and is now almost certain of a place as the youngest member of the England Under-15 squad for next year’s internationals. Her performance also guaranteed her a place in the Eastern Region squad for the national Under-17 team competition at Millfield School in December.
Porter’s coach Dominique Szokolovics said: “Jasmine showed great class coming through an entire tournament of this size undefeated and is now getting the results that she deserves.”
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