Fitzgerald nets Commonwealth Fencing gold

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JAMIE Fitzgerald won Scotland’s first gold medal at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Largs yesterday.

The Dunfermline fencer, who was competing in his first major tournament for over two years, scored an 11-10 last-second win over England’s Husayn Rosowsky to reach the Men’s Foil final.

That proved a much more one-sided affair as the Scot dominated against Zhenggang Zhang of Singapore, claiming the host nation’s first gold with an emphatic 15-2 victory.

In the Women’s Epee, experience triumphed over youth as veteran GB star and CEO of British Fencing, Georgina Usher, won 11-4 against Jamaican Tia Simms-Lymn. Usher, who has waited 24 years for Commonwealth gold, was emotional as she collected her medal.

After the individual events, Scotland sit second in the medals with two gold, one silver, and two bronze – just one bronze behind leaders England. Scottish Fencing CEO, Chris Hyde, said: “Jamie’s and Georgina’s performances were both outstanding and should inspire Team Scotland to further success.”

More than 300 fencers from around the world are at the National Sports Centre for the 11th staging of the event, which now runs for three more days of team competition.