June 15, 2021

Buckeyes Headed to Tokyo Olympic Games

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Diego Cervantes, a rising junior on the Ohio State fencing team, along with fencing alumni Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger, Alanna Goldie and Eleanor Harvey, have all qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

At the Olympics this year, fencing is slated for July 24-August 1, the first nine days of the Games.

Cervantes, who has been a member of the Mexican National Team since 2015, will represent his country in individual men’s foil. He finished first at the Pan American Zonal Olympic Qualifier in San Jose, Costa Rica in May to secure his spot at the Olympics. He won his final bout 15-13 against Argentina’s Augusto Antonio Servello.

A native of Mexicali, Baja California, Cervantes placed third at the 2018 Cadet World Championships and was the 2018 Cadet Pan American champion. He was part of the Buckeye squad that won the CCFC men’s team title and the foil co-championship in 2021 and he led the Buckeye foil squad with a 23-8 record. He was an honorable mention All-American and MFC champion as a freshman in 2020.

Blais Belanger, Goldie and Harvey will all represent Canada. Blais Belanger qualified in individual men’s epee. Harvey qualified in individual women’s foil and women’s team foil and Goldie is the traveling alternate in women’s individual and team foil. Canada’s women’s foil team is ranked sixth in the world.

Blais Belanger won gold at the 2021 Pan American Zonal Olympic Qualifier. He is a seven-time Canadian champion and in 2018 he finished in the Top 10 at in individual epee at the FIE World Championships. He was the 2018 NCAA Champion, finishing second at NCAAs in 2016 and was a four-time All-American (2015-18) for the Buckeyes.

This will be the second Olympic Games for Harvey, who reached the quarterfinals at Rio 2016, including an upset of the No. 1 fencer. Her seventh-place finish was the best Olympic result for a Canadian fencer in an individual fencing event. She was the first Canadian female foil athlete to win a FIE Grand Prix medal when she finished third at an event in Shanghai in 2018 and at the 2019 Pan American Games she claimed three medals, including individual foil bronze and team foil silver. As a Buckeye Harvey won the 2016 NCAA women’s foil title and she placed third in 2017. She was a three-time All-American.

Goldie won silver at the 2017 NCAA Championships and placed third in 2014, ’15 and ’16. She was a four-time First Team All-American at Ohio State. She won bronze at the 2015 Pan American Games and has competed at the FIE World Championships seven times.

Seven current and former Buckeyes competed for a spot at the Tokyo Games but did not qualify.

  • Julieta Toledo (Mexico)
  • Alexanne Verret (Canada)
  • Montserrat Viveros (Paraguay)
  • Fares Arfa (Canada)
  • Eileen Grench (Panama)
  • Mona Shaito (Lebanon)
  • Emma von Dadelszen (Canada)

 

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