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Great Britain ended a disappointing European Fencing Championships without a single medal after the women’s epee team finished 12th at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield yesterday.

The hosts went down 45-32 to Estonia in their opening last-16 match before beating Israel 45-42 and losing to Ukraine 45-36.

The championships have been a setback to the British team’s hopes of winning the nation’s first Olympic fencing medal in 48 years at the London Games next summer.