33rd Sr Fencing Nationals: Services bag gold in Men’s Foil Team; Bhupen Singh Lisham is Men’s Epee Champion

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Pune, March 27, 2023: The Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) emerged winners in the Senior Men’s Foil team category of the 33rd Senior Fencing Championship, held at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi.

SSCB also dominated the Men’s Individual Epee category as two of their players Bhupen Singh Lisham and Sunil Kumar ended up getting the gold and the silver medal respectively.

The Championship is organised by Fencing Association of India in association with Maharashtra Fencing Association and DY Patil International University, Akurdi, Pune.

Maharashtra Olympic Association Secretary Namdev Shirgoankar, Maharashtra Fencing Association Working President Prakash Katule, MFA Secretary Uday Dongare, former FAI Secretary Ashok Dudhare, Joint Director of Maharashtra Sports Department Chandrakant Kamble, Sports Officer Geeta Sakhare, were present on the occasion.

Services won the gold medal in the Senior Men’s Foil team event after outclassing Manipur in the summit clash by 45-32 in what turned out to be a lop-sided affair.

The Services team comprising Arjun, Bibish Kathiresan, Ismile Mohammed Khan and Bicky Thokchom won the yellow medal while the Manipur team had to settle for a silver medal.

The Manipur team had Abhinash Kangabam, Rajiv Khoisanam, Tuphan Nandeibam and Hemansh Sanasam in their ranks.

In the semi-final, Services had defeated Maharashtra 45-29 While Manipur prevailed over Chhattisgarh 45-39 in the other semi-final. Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh were awarded the joint-Bronze medal.

Meanwhile, in the Senior Men’s Epee Category it was all a Services Sports Control Board affair in the final with 22-year-old Bhupen Singh Lasham taking on Sunil Kumar.

Bhupen Singh Lasham bagged the gold medal, in a rather lop-sided clash as he defeated his opponent 15-11.

Bhupen Singh Lisham stormed into the final after outplaying RS Sherjin of Chhattisgarh in the first semi-final by 15-10, while Sunil Kumar of Services got the better of Madhya Pradesh’s Shakar Pandey 15-10 in the other semi-final.

Key Results:
Senior Men’s Foil Team:
Semi Finals: SSCB beats Maharashtra 45-29
Manipur beats Chhattisgarh: 45-39
Final: SSCB beats Manipur 45-32

Senior Men’s Epee Individual:
Semi Finals:
Bhupen Singh Lisham beats RS Sherjin 15-10
Sunil Kumar beats Shankar Pandey 15-10
Bhupen Singh Lisham beats Sunil Kumar 15-11