Fencers chase international results

Published 4 December 2015 (AEDT)

Evelyn Halls and Albina Abdurahmonova of Uzbekistan compete at the 2015 Asian Fencing Championships. © 2015 Getty Images

FENCING: Australia’s top epee fencers will get the chance to move one step closer to Olympic qualification when they take part in the Doha Grand Prix in Qatar.

Two-time Olympian, Evelyn Halls, and leading Australian fencer, Kristian Radford, will be hoping to pick up valuable international points towards making the final list of starters in Rio next year.

It will be a tough contest for the Australians, with the first epee Grand Prix of the season attracting the best fencers from nearly 50 countries, including Russia, China, Italy, France and Korea.

Halls won her ninth Australian epee title at the National Championships in Canberra last weekend, while Radford finished fifth in the men’s competition but secured enough points to put himself at the top of the Australian leaderboard ahead of Olympic qualifiers next year.

The Doha Grand Prix begins tonight, Australian time, and runs through until Sunday.

ROSS SOLLY FOR FENCING AUSTRALIA

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