Newham Swords’ Minott makes mark at Junior World Championships

Minott with Coaches Pierre Harper and Linda Strachan
Minott with Coach Pierre Harper and Club Manager and coach Linda Strachan

Newham Swords Kamal Minott recorded Great Britain’s best result at the Junior World Championships, finishing in 13th place.

 

Minott, ranked number one for GB at under-20 level and a Junior Commonwealth Games gold medallist, won four of his five bouts in the preliminary round, losing only to Italy’s Guillame Bianchi.

 

 

 

And after beating Venezuela’s Romero Montella (15-8), he knocked out higher seed Gabor Bellovicz, of Hungary, by a 15-14 margin to reach the last 32.

Minott fencing US No3 seed
Minott fencing the No 3 seed, Sidarth Kumbla of the US, before beating him to make the last 16 of the Junior Worlds.

Minott then upset American number three seed Sidarth Kumla to set up a rematch with European Junior champion and world number one Bianch and put up a brave fight in a 15-8 loss against the eventual bronze medalist.

Minott with Coach Pierre Harper
Minott with Coach Pierre Harper [Click for larger image]

Swords head coach Pierre Harper, said: “Kamal gave it his all and set another personal best. What a great result to end his junior fencing career on.”

 

Club manager Linda Strachan added: “We now look forward to working with Kamal on the senior scene and helping him achieve his dream of competing in an Olympic Games.”

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