The Fencing World Championships take place in Cairo this year from 15 – 23 July.
Who’s going for GB?
Well, the men’s event starts at 13:00 local time (GMT +2) on 15 July so let’s start with them in order of their FIE ranking.
Will Deary is current British Champion (for the 3rd time) and ranked a career high 36 in the World in the Seniors. Former World No 1 Cadet (2013/14) and World No 9 Junior (2016/17), Will, now 25, has been fencing since the age of 10. You can see his FIE biography and also his Ophardt biography (includes non FIE events to the extent they are in the system and so extends on the FIE biog to some extent)
Recent results include a fantastic L16 in the Tbilisi World Cup in January 22, a 21st place in the Padua Grand Prix in May 22 and 28th at the European Championships in Antalya.
Will has represented GB at World Championships on numerous occasions, coming 7th in the Juniors in Plovdiv in 2017 and 28th in the seniors in Budapest in 2019 while also representing GB at Senior level in 2017 and 2018.
JJ Webb, a former British Champion (2016) is ranked at 112 in the World, courtesy of a L16 (15th) finish in Antalya at the European Championships. JJ has been ranked as high as 61 (2017/18) but it is no secret that the focus this year has been on rehab and staying as fit as possible through an injury blighted season, during which he did not compete internationally until the Padua Grand Prix in May. In previous seasons JJ, who is now 26 and took up the sport at the age of 11, has achieved a L64 finish at the Warsaw World Cup in February 2020, a L32 at the 2019 European Championships in Duesseldorf and other L64 finishes in 2019.
JJ has been in World Championships squads for GB almost constantly since he came 11th in the Cadets in Moscow in 2012.
Barney Halliwell, second in the most recent British Championships, and currently ranked a career high 138 in the World and formerly as high as 39th in the Juniors, will be representing GB at a World Championships for the first time at Senior level, having fenced in the U20 Worlds in Torun in Torun in 2019 and also in Verona in 2018 where he was part of the junior team (Howes, Edwards, Suddards, Halliwell) which came an agonizingly close and amazing 4th! Barney also made the L32 in the individual event in Antalya (22nd).
Barney, now 22 years old and whose older brother and sister are also sabre fencers, came 22nd at the European Championships in Antalya this year and achieved a L96 (69th) at the World Cup in Madrid in May.
Luke Haynes, currently ranked 222 in the World, is representing GB at his first World Championships, having also been in the team for the Senior Euros in Antalya (40th) and the U23 Euros in Tallin (24th) this year. Luke was also part of the Senior team (Deary, Halliwell, Haynes, Howes) who achieved a remarkable 11th place in the Budapest World Cup this year to temporarily boost the team’s World ranking to 17th ahead of the European Championships.