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London fencer going for gold

He's only recently broken onto the senior fencing circuit, but 20-year-old James Davis from East Barnet is confident of his chances at the Olympics this summer.

He says he's definitely going for gold. And that would be quite an achievement, considering the GB fencing team hasn't won an Olympic medal since 1964.

Our sports reporter Sally Williams asked him how he first found out he was on the Olympic squad.


London fencer speaks of pride at Olympic selection

Londoner Sophie Toiano reacts to the news that she's been chosen for the Team GB fencing squad for London 2012.

"I feel extremely proud to have been selected as part of the Team GB fencing team for the Games this summer. As a team our performances have been consistently improving over the past year and to be given the chance to show how far we have come on the Olympic stage is a huge privilege....

"...To represent your country at an Olympics is an honour in itself, but to do so in front of a home crowd is an opportunity that few athletes get in their lifetime and is truly special."

– Sophie Troiano, Athlete

Andy Hunt, Team GB Chef De Mission for the London 2012 Olympic Games said that Britain's fencers would be aiming for the first Olympic medal in the sport since 1964.

"The talent within the squad is extremely exciting, and our British fencers have made excellent progress since Beijing 2008, winning 13 World Cup medals and claiming four European Championship podium places.

“Our 10 fencers will compete across all three Olympic categories, and will be looking to win Britain’s first Olympic medal since Tokyo 1964. They will feel the full support of the nation when competing at the London 2012 Olympics at the ExCel Centre, and I am fully confident they will give their all and deliver truly memorable performances while representing Team GB.”

– Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt

Londoners make up 30% of GB fencing squad

Sophie Troiano is the third fencer from London to be selected for the Great Britain fencing team for London 2012.

In total, ten people have been chosen for the squad and there are also two reserves.

James Davis (20) from Edgware and Richard Kruse (28) from Finchley will both compete in the men's foil. Londoner Laurence Halsted (26) is one of the reserves.