Goossens on gold-medal U.S. team

    Bruno Goossens a Veteran Fencing World Champion with the U.S. men's ?p?e team. MT FILE PHOTO

    Jacksonville fencer Bruno Goossens was a member of the Team USA epee squad that captured the gold medal recently in the Veteran World Championships in Livorno, Italy.

    Goossens, 72, competed in the 70-over men’s division and earned one of six spots on the finals contingent during the championships Oct. 9-14. Two players were chosen from each of the 50-59, 60-69 and 70-over divisions.

    The Southern Oregon Fencing Club member represented Team USA for the third straight year and is ranked No. 3 in his division in the U.S.

    It was Team USA’s second straight men’s epee world championship. American teams have hit the medal podium each year since 2014, when team events were introduced.

    Individually, Goossens made it to the quarterfinals before suffering a narrow, 10-9 defeat.

    “I didn’t do that well in individual,” he said, “but the team was amazing.”

    The U.S. went 2-0 in pools with wins over the Netherlands and Finland before advancing to the quarterfinals with a 30-16 win against Belgium. To reach the final, Team USA overcame France, 30-24, and Italy, 25-17.

    “As long as we knocked out France, that was the turning point,” said Goossens. “They were the strongest on paper.”

    Fencing for gold against Sweden, Jon Normile, of Millburn, N.J., took the opening bout, 5-3. Walter Dragonetti, of Las Vegas, then won the third bout, 6-4, to expand the lead to four at 11-7.

    With the same score entering the final bout, Dragonetti came through again, winning the sixth round, 15-10, to take the match, 26-17. Dragonetti led the U.S. with a plus-7 indicator on the match.

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