Kellner takes Bronze in Havana, US Team 4th

{mosimage} Top US Men’s Foil Fencer and US Team Captain Dan Kellner knocked off #1 seed Andrea Cassara en route to a 3rd place finish at the Copa Villa La Habana in Havana, Cuba.  Prior to his bout with Cassara, Kellner also defeated Russia’s Renal Ganeev in the round of 32.

France’s Le Pechoux defeated Kellner in the semi-finals and went on to win the event over teammate Nicolas Beaudan.  This is Le Pachoux’s 2nd world cup win this season; he is currently 2nd on the FIE official world rankings.

In the team competition, the United States continued to impress with a 4th place finish, losing to the Russians 29-25 in the bronze medal match.  In earlier rounds, the US team defeated Great Britain and Japan before losing to Italy in the semi-finals.

France defeated Italy in the team finals with a score of 43-42.  In earlier rounds, the German team continued to have problems as they lost to the Japanese team 45-38.

Dan Kellner took some time to answer a few questions from Fencing.Net regarding the Havana event.

FN: Andrea Cassara was the #1 seed and 4th in the world rankings.  What was your approach in this bout and what do you think helped you achieve the win?

{mosimage}Kellner: Before I fenced Cassara, I fenced Ganeev of Russia, who was fourth at the 2004 Olympics. I fenced Ganeev really well, because I saw his strategy from watching his previous bout against Husham Hindi from Canada. I opened up a 5-0, and 7-2 lead on Ganeev, before winning 15-9.

This strong bout gave me some confidence going into my bout with Cassara.

Taking this confidence into my bout with Cassara helped, because even though he opened up 5-10 lead, I never felt like I was out of the bout.   I know that I’m a good fencer and a smart fencer. I just had to remember to play my game. I knew what his tactics were, and I just had to make small adjustments during the bout and fight for each touch. The second period started with me down 5-10, I had nothing to lose, so I just concentrated on my actions, and after a few minutes I was finishing the bout ahead 15-13.

FN:  The US Men’s Foil fencers have taken some momentum from the Olympic Games result and have posted significant gains in the FIE world rankings.

Kellner:  The Olympics helped show us that US Men’s Foil fencers don’t need to be a second tier team. We train hard, and more importantly, we train intelligently. The Olympics really crystallized for us that we can compete with the best teams in the world, and that there is no reason that we can’t be one of the best teams in the world.

FN: What approach have you and the Men’s Foil team taken to adapting your fencing to the foil timings in effect this season?

Kellner: I really haven’t changes my approach to fencing that much. I liked flicking, especially with a riposte to the flank or shoulder, but my game was never built around the flick. Though I do have some complaints about the new timings (mostly because some straight touches don’t register), I think the new timings allow for more back and forth and "conversations" between fencer’s blades.

There’s no more running your opponent down the strip and smacking them on the back, with the flick bailing you out of advancing too fast and getting too close to your opponent. Actions and footwork must now be much more precise. I think the new timings better show who can actually fence and who can’t.

FN: Are there any pointers you would offer up to younger fencers who are trying to adapt to the new foil timings?

Kellner: "I’d like to think the younger fencers would have an easier time adjusting to the new timings, because they didn’t fence for 14 years with the old ones like I did.

That being said, I think the best advice I can give is to be smart. I see too many young fencers trying to "out fence" or "out smart" the machine and refuse to stop flicking. I still flick every once in a while, but maybe only 10% of what I used to.

I still see fencers who flick almost the same amount as before. This just doesn’t make sense. Why would you want to handicap yourself with a strategy that doesn’t work? For me, fencing is about being smart and out thinking my opponent. I don’t think younger fencers realize how much of a thinking sport this is. Now that you can’t flick anymore, use this as an opportunity to be smart, and improve the weaker areas of your game that you just covered up with flicking."

Dan Kellner is ranked No. 1 in men’s foil in the U.S. He’s had podium finishes in World Cups for several seasons in a row and won the gold, both team and individual, at the 2003 Pan American Games. He is captain of the men’s foil National Team squad.

Next Page: Full Results from the Coppa Villa La Habana Men’s Foil Gran Prix


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Full Results: Copa Villa La Habana: Gran Prix World Cup

Individual Event

PlaceNameCountry
1LE PECHOUX ErwanFRA
2BEAUDAN NicolasFRA
3MOCEK SlawomirPOL
3KELLNER DanUSA
5JOPPICH PeterGER
6ZHANG LiangliangCHN
7BALDINI AndreaITA
8WU HanxiongCHN
9CASSARA AndreaITA
10VANNI SimoneITA
11LUDWIG MichaelAUT
12SINTES VictorFRA
13TIOMKIN JonathanUSA
14SZUCHNICKI WojciechPOL
15PIERUCCI GiuseppeITA
16BEHR DominikGER
17SANZO SalvatoreITA
18KLEIBRINK BenjaminGER
19MOLTCHAN YouriRUS
20GANEEV RenalRUS
21RAMACCI MarcoITA
22HINTERSEER MoritzAUT
23ONO KotaJPN
24GOMES JoaoPOR
25MONTERO JulianESP
26STOUKALINE AlexandreRUS
27FUKUDA YusukeJPN
27HUANG LiangcaiCHN
29IVANOV AntonRUS
30KWAK Nae HyukKOR
31CHOI Byung ChulKOR
32MENENDEZ GabrielESP
33BISSDORF RalfGER
34OTA YukiJPN
35GUYART BriceFRA
36ZHU JunCHN
37PRANZ ReneeAUT
38ALVEAR FelipeCHI
39WITKOWSKI AndrzejPOL
40MORI AkiraJPN
41COUTO FERNANDEZ MaikelCUB
42SONG YuanCHN
43GRIDNEV IgorRUS
44CHERUBINO GianmarcoESP
45WOJCIK MarekCAN
46SON Young KiKOR
47HA Chang DukKOR
48PARK Hee KyungKOR
49RISELEY DavidGBR
50HINTERSEER TobiasAUT
51CIEPLY TomaszPOL
52HINDI HushamCAN
53TEISSEIRE NicholasCAN
54BEEVERS JamesGBR
55SCHLOSSER RolandAUT
56POZDNIAKOV ViatcheslavRUS
57HORANYI AndrasUSA
58DUPREE JedediahUSA
59LEE Chon UngKOR
60MCGUIRE JoshuaCAN
61RICHTER AnatolAUT
62MANSOUR DavidGBR
63GARCIA JavierESP
64DA SILVA EnriqueVEN
65DE LA CONCHA AndresMEX
66MITOMO SatoshiJPN
67MOJENA FROMETA PedroCUB
67GETZ KurtUSA
69ARTEAGA KESSEL DaymarCUB
70ALVARES LAZO YosnielCUB
71ZHANG LeiCHN
72RODRIGUEZ IgnacioESP
73O RELLY ROMAN AbrahamCUB
74OKANO TakashiJPN
75LANDREVILLE AlexisCAN
75GUARDADO Alejandro IsaacMEX
77PINEDA JoseVEN
78PEREZ YonnerVEN
79NAGATY MostafaEGY
80CARTER AlphonzoUSA
81ROWE James-davidGBR
82ROSS ALDAMA YoenisCUB
83CHUMACERO-H. EdgarMEX
84ORTEGA FedericoMEX
85SUAREZ ANDINA ReinierCUB
86HERRERA RamsesMEX
87MORENO BRIONES PatricioCHI
88SHATTKY BlairNZL
89GARCIA ORTIZ DenisCUB
90SERNA DuvanCOL
91SCHIBILIA JesseUSA
92SAMORA MORALES YoelkisCUB
93PAZ Y MINO Juan J.ECU
93ROMERO DavidCOL
95OROZCO PavelMEX
96DIAZ Jhon fredyCOL
97CUELLAR JeffersonCOL
98RODRIGUEZ Carlos EduardoVEN
99PENA LOZADA PhanorCOL
100MONGE AlejandroECU
101HERNANDEZ VASQUEZ AlejandroCOL

Full Results: Copa Villa La Habana: Gran Prix World Cup

Team Event

PlaceCountry
1FRA
2ITA
3RUS
4USA
5CHN
6KOR
7JPN
8AUT
9POL
10GER
11ESP
12CUB
13CAN
14GBR
15VEN
16MEX


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