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Maxime Brinck-Crouteau en garde for Pan Am challenge

Maxime Brinck-Crouteau en garde for Pan Am challenge

Posted by PanamericanWorld on June 11, 2015

Maxime Brinck-Crouteau had a long-range plan.

What the 29-year-old envisioned four years ago was to be at his best in the fencing discipline of epee and represent Canada when the 2015 World Championships take place in Moscow along with the Pan American Games to be held at the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House in Scarborough from July 21-24, which also serves as an 2016 Summer Games Olympic qualifier.

Mission accomplished.

Currently ranked second in Canada in epee, Brinck-Crouteau earned his spot on the national team after accumulating enough points when he took to the floor in a series of international events this year.

The most recent was when he finished 89th out of 190 competitors and was the highest placing Canadian at a Grand Prix tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

During that competition, Brinck-Croteau obtained three wins and three defeats in the preliminary round of poules.

This gave him a strong footing in the direct elimination round where he defeated Jimmy Moody of the U.S. 15-12 before losing to the world’s 59th ranked Grigori Beskin of Israel 10-9.

That effort came on the heels of a silver-medal performance Brinck-Croteau gave at the Pan American Championships in Santiago, Chile, in April.

Competing with a foot infection, Brinck-Croteau went undefeated in preliminary round action and was ranked third for the direct elimination tableau where he reached the finals before falling to 2012 Olympic champion Ruben Limardo Gascon from Venezuela 10-6.

Before that event, Brinck-Croteau recorded three major upsets at a Grand Prix event in Budapest in March.

Ranked 774th in the world at that time, he upended 105th ranked Paris Inostroza Budinich of Chile, 27th ranked Sergey Khodos of Russia and 51st ranked Frederik Von Der Osten of Denmark to secure a spot in the Top 64 tableau.

Battling a wrist injury, Brinck-Croteau faced seventh-ranked Bogdan Nikishin of the Ukraine before falling 13-10 to finish 58th out of 296 competitors.

“It’s been a long-term objective,” an elated and relieved Brinck-Croteau said of the good tidings bestowed upon him that will include his debut at the Pan Am Games.

“In 2011 I moved to China to work with the Vango Fencing Club to upgrade my fitness and training level so I would be at my peak for the world championships and Olympic qualifier in 2015. Everything fell into place for me.”

On his return home he opened the Vango Toronto Fencing Centre branch in Markham last September.

Born in Gatineau, Que., Brinck-Croteau said his interest in fencing was sparked when looking at a recreational calendar of activities with his parents and noticed they had classes in fencing.

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