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Dynamo fencer joins world class

Don Fennell   Oct-17-2017

Dynamo Fencing Club coach Igor Gantsevich (centre) with athletes Howard Zhao and Seraphim Jarov.

Photo courtesy Dynamo Fencing Club


Howard Zhao is on a mission.

So, too, Seraphim Jarov.

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The two Dynamo Fencing Club athletes, who coincidently, very nearly met in the Cadet Men’s épée final during the North American Cup held in Anaheim last weekend, are clearly on a path of success. Zhao, representing China, won the under-17 grouping with a three-point victory over Canadian Steven Grams, while Jarov settled into fifth place overall.

“Howard winning this event puts him into a world-class level,” said Dynamo coach Igor Gantsevich enthusiastically. “He has now, in North America, won every age group.”

Ironically, last weekend was his first official under-17 competition. The 15-year-old only won the under-14 North American Cup six months ago.

Gantsevich, though, isn’t surprised by Zhao’s rapid progress. Zhao moved from Calgary, and earlier China, specifically to train with Dynamo and attend an in-school program in West Vancouver.

“He is training approximately 30 hours a week,” noted Gantsevich, who is equally encouraged by Seraphim’s potential.

“Seraphim also had a fantastic showing and lost in overtime in the semis,” said Gantsevich. “For Seraphim and Howard, our focus and goal is to excel at the world championships and get a berth at the youth Olympic Games next summer in Argentina.”


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