Leszek Swornowski, of Poland, won the twenty-fourth Challenge Martini epee international at Seymour Hall, London, on March 12 when he defeated the flamboyant West German, Elmar Bormann, in the final bout.
1. (Swornowski on the right): SV INTERIOR Leszek Swornowski of Poland fights with Elmar Bormann of West Germany. Point is scored and shown on scoreboard. (2 SHOTS) 0.15
2. SVs More fighting with a point scored by each competitor.(2 SHOTS) 0.37
3. SV Further fighting and another point scored. 0.48
4. SV More fighting and score goes to 7-3. (2 SHOTS) 0.56
5. SV Fighting and applause from crowd. (2 SHOTS) 1.07
6. SV Fighting continues and score moves onto 9-4. 1.12
7. SV PAN DOWN TO GV Fighting goes on. Swornowski scores his tenth point and raises his epee in victory. 1.31
8. SV Swornowski steps off stage and is embraced by coach as crowd applauds. (2 SHOTS) 1.38
9. SV Swornowski receives trophy and raises arms in celebration gesture. 1.51
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Leszek Swornowski, of Poland, won the twenty-fourth Challenge Martini epee international at Seymour Hall, London, on March 12 when he defeated the flamboyant West German, Elmar Bormann, in the final bout. Swornowski, who won the final eliminating Falcone (Italy), Malkar (Sweden) and Cuomo (Italy) without conceding more than five hits. Bormann reached the final by defeating the Olympic champion, Philippe Riboud, of France, 11-10 in the most exciting fight of the day and was favourite to win. He was quick on his feet and kept good distance, producing some powerful attacks. But in the final showdown he could not overcome the technique and sixteen-year experience of Swornowski who, with a fast compound attack, finished the fight at 10-4. As Swornowski scored his tenth point, he raised his epee in victory, to the cheers of spectators and an embrace from his coach, before receiving his first Challenge Martini trophy.
Source: REUTERS - KEN HARDING