Fencing World Championships: Marcus Mepstead wins silver

Marcus Mepstead, Enzo Lefort
Marcus Mepstead (right) beat South Korea's Young Ki Son 15-12 in the semi-finals

Great Britain's Marcus Mepstead won silver in the men's foil at the Fencing World Championship in Hungary.

Mepstead, 29, lost 15-6 to France's world number 10 Enzo Lefort in a one-sided final in Budapest.

Britain's world number 51 beat world number one and defending champion Alessio Foconi on his way to the final.

"I would have liked to have fenced better in the final to show off the sport a little more but I'm proud of what I have achieved," he said.

"The semi-final was really tough. In fact everyone I fenced was really good so I think I've done really well.

"Since moving to coach Dan Kellner, based in New York, my preparation is a little better and my self-confidence has grown."

Kellner added: "I'm just so proud of Marcus. The lead-up to this event wasn't the best. Marcus got sick, cut his hand and needed stitches and then had to miss his final training sessions."

Richard Kruse won silver in the foil at the 2018 World Championships in China, Britain's first medal since Bill Hoskyns claimed epee silver in 1965.

Kruse, James Davis and Ben Peggs went out in the round of 64.

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