Donny fencer helps GB to win over Argentina

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DONCASTER wheelchair fencer Craig McCann believes Great Britain’s reputation on the global stage is enhancing all the time after an encouraging finale to his World Championships assault in Italy.

The 27-year-old was back in action in Catania on the east coast of Sicily yesterday for the final time in the men’s foil team event, looking to build on an impressive 22nd-place finish in the epee 48 hours earlier.

And the former McAuley Catholic High School pupil did exactly that, helping the squad to a resounding 45-25 win over Argentina, sandwiched between defeats to Italy and Belarus to finish tenth overall.

Great Britain and Belarus have now faced each other in the last four tournaments.

But after running them the closest they have ever done in a 45-35 defeat in the venue facing the Ionian Sea, McCann insists it is only a matter of time until they get that to savour that winning feeling.

“The team event was a lot of fun and a great way to say goodbye to the World Championships,” said McCann – who like the rest of Britain’s fencing team is supported by the company, Beazley.

“And it was really positive as although we lost against a very good Italian side we followed that up with a big win over Argentina which was great.

“And then even after that we might have lost to Belarus but by getting to within ten points of them we have showed that we are on the up.

“We seem to face Belarus in every tournament we go to and this result in Italy was actually the best we have done against them so the signs are good” said McCann, of Hallam University student, who is ranked number two in Britain. “It is all about building on this now and going from strength to strength but I am sure we are heading in the right direction after this competition.”

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