Highbury fencer regains foil title at School Games

(l-r) Chloe Dixon, Leah King, Ayesha Fihosy and Katie Smith with their fencing individual foil medal

(l-r) Chloe Dixon, Leah King, Ayesha Fihosy and Katie Smith with their fencing individual foil medals - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Highbury teenager Leah King proved the sword is just as mighty as the pen by reclaiming her Sainsbury’s School Games foil title in Sheffield.

The 18-year-old, who won the gold medal in the girls’ foil two years ago, had to sit out last year’s tournament to concentrate on her exams at City and Islington College.

But King displayed imperious form on her return to the Steel City as she topped the podium again – and followed up her individual achievement by helping England to claim gold in the team foil as well.

“It feels brilliant to have won the gold and I feel like I’ve taken the title back,” she said.

“Last year I didn’t compete because I had exams but I won the year before that so coming back and winning again is like ‘yeah I’ve got it back, it’s mine.’

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“I felt under a bit of pressure. Last season I had kind of a year out, I was in and out and everyone wants to see how I can perform – and now that I’ve proven I can win, it’s definitely helped.”

King lost just one of her seven pool matches before storming through the knockout rounds to win the gold medal with a comfortable 15-5 victory over Scotland’s Chloe Dickson in the final.

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“I definitely want to go to the Olympics, I’m heading for that no doubt,” added the Islington youngster. “I will be going for Rio 2016 and it’s carnival season as well, so it will be fun.”

The Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was held in venues across Sheffield from 12-15 September. Visit www.2013schoolgames.com for more information.

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