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Epee days for Smith as she boosts her British ranking.

LIVERPOOL female fencer Katrina Smith is now ranked as Britain's number two Epeeist after winning three medals in a month.

Smith won her first medal on Easter Sunday after winning the Birmingham International fencing tournament after beating fellow Brit Hannah Lawrence in the final to claim her first major title.

After the match she said: "This was a wonderful victory for me. This is the first time I have defeated Lawrence in competition, and my first major title.

"The match was very tense and in the end came down to who had the most nerve to go for the hit.

"I'm really glad my counter attack worked as effectively as it did."

Smith was again on the podium two weekends later at the GB National Championships claiming a bronze medal after her opponent from the Birmingham final beat her to claim a place in the final.

Despite the defeat, Smith stated that this was a successful competition: "This was a major achievement for me, my first national championship medal, so close after my Birmingham victory."

Scott Willis, Chris Taylor and Matt Stewart represented Liverpool at the National Championships, creating a team for the city for the first time.

The men's Epee team finished in a very respectable fifth place for their first team event together.

On April 26, Smith won bronze at the Cole Cup FIE Satellite World Cup held in London, completing her successful month.

The competition saw contestants from 14 countries participate and with Smith reaching the last eight, she had earned her first World Cup point.

Not happy with just a place in the final eight, she progressed to earn a bronze medal but unfortunately lost to Ayaka Shimookawa of Japan to miss out on a place in the final.

Smith was the only Brit to make the podium alongside Japan, Jamaica and Germany, and is now the second highest ranked British Epeeist in the world at 210th.

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| The GB National Fecning Championship podium, left to | |right: Amy Radford (silver), Hannah Lawrence (gold), Katarina Smith (bronze), Mary Cohen (bronze)

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:May 5, 2015
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