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Richard Kruse (born 30 July 1983) is a British fencer who specialises in the foil discipline. He has represented Great Britain at the Summer Olympics four times.[1] In 2015, he was part of the Great Britain team that shocked Olympic champions Italy to win the first European Games gold in team foil, the first British gold medal in a team fencing event at World or European level for fifty years. On the 24th of July, 2018, he won silver in the World Fencing Championships individual men's foil event in Wuxi, China, winning the first medal for a British individual event fencer since Bill Hoskyns took silver for the men's Epee event in the World Championships in Paris in 1965.

Richard Kruse
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Personal information
Full nameRichard Adam Kruse
Country represented Great Britain
Born (1983-07-30) 30 July 1983 (age 36)
London, England
ResidenceLondon, England
Weapon(s)Foil
HandRight-handed
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
National coach(es)Ziemowit Wojciechowski
ClubZFW
FIE rankingCurrent Ranking

CareerEdit

Kruse won his first international medal, a silver, at the 2001 European Under 20 Championships and in 2002 won gold in at the same event.[2]

He made his Olympic debut at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece. Competing in the men's individual foil. He received a bye in the first round, beat China's Wang Haibin in round two and Dan Kellner of the United States in the third round before being defeated 8–15 by Andrea Cassarà in the quarter-finals.[1] His eighth-place finish was the best by a British fencer since the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, when Fiona McIntosh was eighth in the women's foil,[3] and the best by a British man since the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, when Bill Hoskyns won the silver medal in the individual épée.[4] In 2006 Kruse won the silver medal in the men's foil event at the European Fencing Championships.[5]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Kruse again participated in the men's individual foil event. He defeated Virgil Sălișcan of Romania in the round of 32 but was eliminated at the last 16 stage after a 9–10 loss to Germany's Peter Joppich. He finished 14th.[1]

In 2009 Kruse had his most successful season to date. He won a gold medal at the World Cup event in Copenhagen and a silver medal in Paris, then gold in Venice before winning a silver medal at the 2009 European Fencing Championships held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Kruse finished the season ranked fourth in the world.[6]

At the 2011 World Cup event in Seoul, South Korea, Kruse won the silver medal in the men's foil. he won five matches, including a 15–11 defeat of compatriot Laurence Halsted in the last eight to reach the final against Andrea Baldini of Italy. Baldini won the final by a single point, 15–14 to take the gold medal.[7]

Kruse is coached by former Polish Olympian turned British national Ziemowit Wojciechowski.[5] He is also a coach for his ZFW fencing club.[8]

In 2012, Richard Kruse won bronze at the Wakayama Grand Prix. Only 2 months later he claimed another bronze at the European Championships in Legnano, having been seeded 45th after the poule stages.[9] At the London Olympics later that year, he finished 17th in the men's individual event, losing to Artur Akhmatkhuzin in the last 32.[10] He was part of the British team that came 6th, losing to Italy in the quarter-finals and then beating France and losing to Russia in the ranking rounds.[11]

In 2018 Kruse won silver in the individual men's foil event at the World Championships in Wuxi, China.

After winning Gold at the Prince Takamodo World Cup in Tokyo, on 26 January 2019 he was ranked number one in the world, the first British fencer to achieve that position.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Richard Kruse Biography and Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Richard Kruse – Fencing". BBC Sport. 7 August 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  3. ^ "FIE List of Results Jeux Olympiques Barcelone 1992". www.fie.ch. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  4. ^ "FIE List of Results Jeux Olympiques Tokyo 1964". www.fie.ch. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Richard Kruse". British fencing. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  6. ^ "FIE Fencer Rankings and results Richard KRUSE". www.fie.ch. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  7. ^ "British fencer Richard Kruse lands silver at World Cup". BBC Sport. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Richard Kruse". 15 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Richard Kruse". Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  10. ^ "foil individual men results - Fencing - London 2012 Olympics". www.olympic.org. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  11. ^ "foil team men results - Fencing - London 2012 Olympics". www.olympic.org. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Kruse wins at FIE Foil World Cup in Tokyo to become Britain's first world number one". www.insidethegames.biz. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.