Blake Broszus, who’s at the moment a rising sophomore for Penn fencing, might be in Tokyo for the Olympic Video games, as he’ll function the travelling alternate for the Canadian males’s foil workforce.
Whether or not or not Broszus finally ends up competing on the Olympic stage is dependent upon the standing of the three starters on the lads’s foil workforce. With COVID-19 beginning to unfold amongst the athletes on the Video games and accidents at all times a risk, it stays very conceivable that Broszus might see some competitors time.
“The factor I am most excited for is to create an unforgettable expertise competing facet by facet with my teammates in opposition to the most effective of the most effective,” Broszus stated through the Canadian Fencing Federation. “I can’t wait to point out what we’re product of on the Olympic stage.”
Of the three who will begin, two might be making their Olympic debuts, although every of them have expertise on the worldwide stage.
Broszus has worldwide expertise as properly, having earned a bronze medal on the 2019 Pan American Championships within the junior males’s foil and a Twelfth-place end on the 2020 World Cup in the identical occasion.
On the Olympics, the lads’s foil workforce occasion will include workforce matches that embody 9 bouts, with every workforce’s fencers going in opposition to every of the opposite workforce’s fencers as soon as. The bouts themselves go for a most of three minutes, and the primary workforce to attain 45 factors is said the winner.
In an effort to rating factors, the opponents should land “the tip of the versatile rectangular blade throughout the torso space of the opponent’s physique (shoulders to groin, back and front).”
The foil itself is a “mild, thrusting sword,” versus the épée, which is “barely heavier and extra tapered than the foil,” and the sabre, which was initially a army sword.
For the primary time since 1988, each the Canadian males’s and girls’s foil groups certified for the Video games, which contributes to Canada having its largest Olympic fencing workforce since 2008 in Beijing.
Becoming a member of Broszus on Workforce Canada is former Quaker Shaul Gordon, who might be competing within the particular person males’s sabre occasion.
Gordon, who graduated from Penn in 2016, certified for the Video games by advantage of his standing within the FIE world rankings.
The Olympic Video games will start on July 21 and run via August 8, with the fencing occasions occurring from July 24-August 1. Particularly, the lads’s foil workforce occasion is ready to happen on August 1.