Fencing: Olympic dream over for Great British fencers


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The Independent Online

Britain's last chance of a fencing medal came and went at the ExCeL today - but how they gave it their best efforts against top seeds Italy.

The Italians, Olympic champions six times, survived to the semi-finals by a 45-40 margin.

Richard Kruse, James Davis and Husayn Rosowsky had beaten Egypt 45-33 to reach the quarter-finals and after Laurence Halsted replaced Rosowsky were level 35-35.

Kruse went into the last bout against Andrea Baldini trailing 38-40, but Italy's losing semi-finalist in the individual event saw them through.