INTRODUCTION: British fencer Steven Paul won the Martini International Epee Competition in London on Saturday (7 March), beating Swiss champion Jean Evoquoz 10-2.
LV Steven Paul (GB) (nearest camera) and Marius Strzalka (Poland) epee fencing on piste
GV Audience PAN TO Paul and Strzalka fencing, Paul winning point, PAN TO audience applauding
SV PULL BACK TO GV Paul & Strzalka fencing, Paul winning point and bout, both players remove masks and shake hands
SV Scoreboard shows bout score
SV Jean Blaise Evoquoz (Switzerland), nearest camera and Hils Koppang (Norway) fencing, Koppang winning point, competitors walking back to starting positions PAN TO audience
SV Evoquoz & Koppang fencing, Evoquoz winning point and bout, both players remove masks and shake hands and walk off, as scoreboard shows Evoqouz winning 5-10 against Koppang
SV Paul (nearest camera) and Evoquoz fencing, Paul winning point and running off end of piste ZOOM IN TO CU green scoring light
GV Audience applauds
GV Paul and Evoquoz fencing, Paul winning point and bout 2-10, fencers take off masks and shake hands, PAN TO Paul walking off piste
SV Lord Mayor of Westminster Councillor Donald du Parc Braham presenting Martini challenge trophy to Steven Paul as crowd applauds
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Background: INTRODUCTION: British fencer Steven Paul won the Martini International Epee Competition in London on Saturday (7 March), beating Swiss champion Jean Evoquoz 10-2. One hundred and thirty entrants from 19 countries took part in the competition which has been won by a British swordsman only once before in its twenty-two year history.
SYNOPSIS: In the quarter-finals Paul was pitted against Marius Strzalka of Poland. The bout was closely contested, each fencer matching hits until, with the score standing at 8-8, Paul broke through with a quick riposte.
Now just one point away from victory Paul fenced with great determination. The epee is a duelling sword and hits are scored with the point only, but the target includes every part of the fencer and his equipment.
For the first time since 1965 two British fencers met in the final series but John Llewellyn fell to Paul in the semi-final. Nils Koppang of Norway met Evoquoz in the other semi-final. The Swiss, fencing from the left, scored a resounding 10-5 win against his opponent and went through to the final.
By this stage is the competition British champion Steven Paul had already eclipsed three of the top World Championship epee fencers. In the title duel he outclassed Jean Evoquoz, fencing from the right. From a 4-1 lead he conceded only one more hit before romping home to his 10-2 win. Victory was especially sweet for Paul who was fencing before a home audience naturally eager to see a British winner.
Paul takes his trophy from the Lord Mayor of Westminster -- and the crowd shows its appreciation of his triumph.