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FENCING: Jacksonville's Goossens wins repeat gold medal

For the third straight year, Jacksonville fencer Bruno Goossens secured a gold medal as a member of the Team USA epee squad in the recent Veteran World Championships in Cairo, Egypt.

This year was also a notable one for Goossens’ individual efforts as he finished with the silver medal in the 70-over men’s division in the Oct. 10-14 event. Goossens, 73, received a first-round bye due to a strong showing in pool play and went unbeaten until eventually falling 10-9 to Richard Purdie of Australia in the championship match.

“It’s frustrating because you are there on top of the world and then one touch away,” said Goossens, “but OK, that’s fine that’s sport and part of the thing that happens. But we had an amazing team again to win the gold medal.”

Team USA beat teams like Egypt, Georgia, Sweden and Germany to reach the championship final, where it scored a 30-15 triumph over France in the final bout.

Joining Goossens on the 2019 Veteran Team USA 70-over epee squad were Julian Tyson of Maryland, Jeff Spahn of New York and Theodore Pary of Maryland.

Bruno Goossens a Veteran Fencing World Champion with the U.S. men's team. [Mail Tribune / Andy Atkinson]