Rio 2016: GB's Richard Kruse loses bronze-medal fencing bout

GB fencer misses out on a medal losing the bronze-medal 15-13 in the men's foil event, preventing GB's first Olympic medal in the sport for over half a century

Rio 2016: GB's Richard Kruse loses bronze-medal fencing bout
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Team GB's wait for a first medal of the games goes on after British fencer Richard Kruse missed out on a medal in the men's Individual Foil on Day 2 at Rio 2016.

Kruse lost a tense bronze-medal bout to Timur Safin of Russia of 15-13. A win for the Brit would have been GB Fencing's first Olympic medal for in over 50 years, when Bill Hoskins won silver at the Tokyo games back in 1964.

GB will look to take Kruse's showing into the rest of the games, with other chances to come in the event over the next few days, in particular the team event.

Kruse makes progress at Carioca Arena

The 33-year-old Londoner competing in his fourth Olympics, defeated American Gerek Meinhardt 15-13 in a tense quarter-final, to set up a clash with his defeated compatriot Alexander Massialas - also of the USA - but lost his semi-final and was left to battle for bronze against Safin.

Going up against the American of 11 years older, Kruse's experience wasn't enough against world-ranked number one Massialas. Going into the first break, the US fencer was 8-4 up on the Briton and won comfortably 15-9. 


In Kruse's final bout, the Russian's superior reflexes and agility told on the veteran Englishman.

Kruse had earlier made progress through the day at the Carioca Arena, after he won his opening bout against Algerian Hamid Sintes, comfortably winning 15-4 and toppling former two-time Olympic champion Andrea Cassarà in a much tighter affair, winning out 15-12 in the round of 16. 

Elsewhere, Britain's Lizzie Armitstead finished fifth in the women's road race, 20 seconds behind winner Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands, despite the world champion closing a near 55 second gap going into the final descent into Copacabana beach.

The race was punctuated by an horrific crash in the closing stages inolving the then leader - van der Breggen's teammate - Annemiek van Vleuten. When on the hill down into the city, the Dutchwomen crashed on a corner, going over the handlebars and landing on her head awkwardly. Early reports indicate van Vleuten is stable and able to communicate.