Fencing: Egypt's Abouelkassem stuns World Champion to reach semis

Karim Farouk, Tuesday 31 Jul 2012

The sensational fencer is just a step away from giving Egypt its first medal in London 2012

Alaaeldin Abouelkassem celebrates his victory over Italy's Andrea Cassara (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian fencer Alaaeldin Abouelkassem produced a masterclass to beat World Champion and Italy top-ranked fencer Andrea Cassara.

The 21-year old left-handed Egyptian revelation won the game 15-10 on two straight periods 7-6 and 8-4 to deal a massive blow for hot favorite Cassara, who won the bronze medal in the individual foil and helped Italy to the gold in the men's contest in Athens four years ago.

Abouelkassem will play Byungchul Choi from the Republic of Korea later on for a place in the final.

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