Head fencing coach Atilio Tass turned in an impressive showing in Moscow last week, placing third in the Saber division of the Veterans World Championships. Tass, who was added to the squad at the last minute after initially being an alternate, pulled off an upset by going 6-2 in his bouts and advancing to the semifinals before losing to the eventual champion.
The first round of competition consisted of a round-robin within groups of six athletes. Tass compiled a 4-1 record against his opponents, giving him the top seed coming out of his group, and a second-round bye. With the format then switching to single-elimination, Tass squared off against fellow American Paul Hicha, winning again to move into the final eight. After beating Vittorio Carrara, the defending champion and current European champion, Tass was finally knocked off by Vasil Entropolski, who went on to win the event.
"This World Championship medal is the product of many years of dedication and consistency," said Tass. "I would like to thank my family, friends, and Brown University, who have supported me unconditionally. I would also like to thank many of my teachers, especially Maestro Americo Gorondy, who taught me from an early age not only the fencing aspects of the sport, but the human values that you carry with you for your entire life. Results come and go, but ethics and core values get you through difficult times."