Langvand places 41st in Portland

Red Deer’s Karis Langvand competed in a high-level fencing competition in Portland during the weekend.

Red Deer’s Karis Langvand competed in a high-level fencing competition in Portland during the weekend.

Langvand, who trains with the Red Deer Fencing Club, placed 41st out of 150 fencers in the Division I epee category and was 69th out of 109 competitors in the junior division.

She had a 4-1 record in her pool in the Division I, which placed her 38th heading into the eliminations. She won her opening match 15-13 before losing 15-8 to a top-16 finisher. She was the second highest Canadian in the division.

In the junior competition, Langvand was 3-3 then lost her first elimination match.

All the top U.S. competitors were at the event as they used it as a qualifier for the Olympic Trials and Junior Worlds.

Langvand heads to Montreal this weekend for the second Canadian competition, then heads to Goteburg, Sweden Feb. 5 for the Junior World Cup and to Jersey, UK Feb. 14 for the Commonwealth Championships.

Langvand still has a shot at qualifying for the World Junior Championships in Moscow. The top three in Canada qualify and she is fifth.

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