Sunny day on home front for Liston

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The Independent Online

The Royal Air Force officer, George Liston, raised British spirits at Hendon Police College yesterday, coming 15th in the tough London round of the mens' pe World Cup.

The result is the best British performance for 13 years. A Great Britain and Scotland international, Liston trains under Ziemoquit Wojciechowski, the former national coach.

Liston's performance was impressive throughout, especially in his 15- 14 victories over the Canadian, Dan Nowosielski, and Daniel Giger, of Switzerland. His progress was halted in the last 16 by the world No 2 and former Olympic champion, Arnd Schmitt of Germany, who beat him 15- 12 in one of the tournament's closest fights.

The next best home result was from Wimbledon's Robin Davenport, who came 40th. Arnd Schmitt went on to win the title, easily beating his compatriot, Michael Flegler, 15-5, while the title-holder Mariusz Strzalka crashed out in 33rd place.

MEN'S EPEE WORLD CUP London round (Hendon): 1 A Schmitt (Ger); 2 M Flegler (Ger); 3= S Resegotti (It), O Kayser (Aut).