SATURDAY / Fencing
British men's epee championship
Tomorrow's British men's open epee championship promises to be the toughest event after the London round of the World Cup.Virtually every leading British epeeist has entered for what is effectively a stronger re-run of January's national championship and the final senior event before the Olympic Games. The entry list is headed by Quentin Berriman, who has returned to Cardiff after a spell in France where he trained with their national team, Steven Paul and the Commonwealth silver medallist, Simon Austin. However, the three will have to treat Chris Howser with caution. The unassuming fencer regularly makes the top five in the domestic rankings and is more than capable of winning this championship. Also appearing at the final, although for an exhibition match only, will be the British sabre champion, James Williams, who is the only home fencer to qualify for the Games in Atlanta. Williams qualified at the final opportunity during the World Cup in Warsaw last weekend and may be Britain's only sabre fencer in Atlanta unless a wild-card place is offered. The early rounds of the championship will be at the Metropolitan Police College, Hendon, north-west London. The final stages take place in the ballroom of the Lansdowne Club on Berkeley Square in London's West End.
How to get there: Peel Centre, Metropolitan Police Training School, Aerodrome Road, Hendon, London NW9, 9am; Lansdowne Club, Berkeley Square, London W1, 7pm. Spectating is free.
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