Two years before London Olympics, Noam Mills proved she will be a force to be reckoned with at 2012 Games.
By ALLON SINAI
Two years before the London Olympics, Noam Mills proved on Sunday that she will be a force to be reckoned with at the 2012 Games.The 24-year-old became the first Israeli to win a medal at the European Fencing Championships, claiming the bronze in the women’s Epee competition in Leipzig, Germany.“This is a great feeling,” said Mills, who finished seventh in the Europeans in the last two years.“I felt I could do something special, but now I’m already thinking of the World Championships in November. I’ve also got the 2012 Olympics in my sights and I hope to do much better than I did in Beijing. My goal is to win an Olympic medal.”Mills lost in the first round of the Olympics in China, but has shown consistent improvement since, finishing 13th in last year’s World Championships before finally scaling the podium in a major tournament on Sunday.Mills began the championships poorly, losing her first two bouts before recovering with three straight victories to advance to the knockout stage.The Harvard student went on to claim four consecutive wins when it counted most, with her victory over Italian Francesca Quondamcarlo booking her place in the semis and guaranteeing her a medal.Local favorite and eventual winner Imke Duplitzer would, however, halt the Israeli’s progress in the semis, winning 15-8.Also Sunday, Tomer Or and Maor Hatoel finished in 13th and 15th place, respectively, in the men’s Foil competition in Leipzig.Delila Hatuel ended the women’s Foil contest in 16th position on Saturday.
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