|D Amico Kristian||CZE|
|Von Der Osten Frederik||DEN|
|Garcia Navalón Cristian||ESP|
|LAI Hin Yeung Darius||HKG|
|OMODEO SALE' Tommaso||ITA|
|RINCON MONTIEL Jose Alberto||MEX|
|De Wijn Peter||NED|
|de Wijn Zoa||NED|
|Van Nunen David||NED|
|van Winden Levy||NED|
|Cruz Joao Rodrigo||POR|
|CRIBLEZ Lorin Noam||SUI|
|DE SEPIBUS Severin||SUI|
|MARCHAND Charles Edouard||SUI|
|SEYD Julian Dominic||GER|
|WILLENBOCKEL Christian Tobias||GER|
|ZUR MÜHLEN Lars||GER|
On 13th and 14th January 2018, the 58th "White Bear of Berlin" was held. The traditional tournament has attracted fencers and spectators to come to Berlin since 1960. Last time with a country record when participants from 32 nations crossed their blades.
In 2018 the House is German Sports in the Olympic Park was again the venue of the "White Bear of Berlin". The exciting finals traditionally took place on Sunday in the historic Dome Hall.
At the same time on Sunday also the "11th Small White Bear" took place. The junior fencers competed in men's and ladies' foil. These finals was also held in the Dome Hall. A short report with pictures we published on the website of Berliner Fechterbund in German language.
The strongest competitors come, inter alia from Switzerland with Benjamin Steffen, he got the 4th place at Olympic games 2016 and will compete against the strong Toni Kneist from Berlin tomorrow morning. Other hot contenders for the tournament victory are certainly the Olympic champion of 2008, Matteo Tagliarol (ITA) or the winner of the 55th "White Bear" Frederik von der Osten (DEN). Also Jakub Jurka (CZE), the Junior European Champion 2017 and leader of Junior World Ranking, has good chances for the final of the last eight in the historic dome hall tomorrow. We're looking forward to it.
58. Weißer Bär von Berlin
Jakub Jurka is the winner of the 58th “White Bear of Berlin”. The 18-year-old Czech defeated Stephan Rein from Heidenheimer SB impressively with 15:5 in the crowded historic dome hall. On his way to the tournament win not even the former winners of the “White Bear”, Niklas Multerer (2016) and Frederik von der Osten (2015) could stop him.
After the Junior European Championship and two Junior world cups in 2017, Jakub secured the next international title. The leader in the junior world ranking was the third under-23 fencer to manage to win both valuations, U23 and the complete tournament win, and can therefore take home the big and the lying White Bear, both precious porcelain figures from the Kingly Porcelain Manufacture Berlin GmbH. He is also the first Czech to win in the long history of this traditional tournament in Berlin.
“I want to start in Tokyo in 2020”, he explained confidently in the interview with host Christian “The Voice” Holzmacher. We wish much success on this way.
Frederik von der Osten (DEN) and Tristan Tulen (NED) shared 3rd place. 6th and 7th place was won by Rico Braun (FC Tauberbischofsheim) and Marco Brinkmann (TSV Bayer Leverkusen), a good result for Germany.
Toni Kneist from Fencing Centre Berlin e.V. (former PSV) became best Berlin fencer with 29th place. His Sunday began with a grand 15:8 win over the Olympic fourth of Rio, Benjamin Steffen in the 64th direct elimination. In the 32, Toni encountered Niklas Multerer (Heidenheimer SB) to whom he lost in a thrilling battle with 14:15.
After the final, the organisers from fencing club Grunewald Berlin and the Berlin Fencing Association were very satisfied.
“We set up a great tournament and could notch up our performance comparing to last years’ event. Especially thanks to the great support of the sports metropolis Berlin as a funding authority, to our premium partner Eventtation GmbH & Co. KG and to fencing equipment supplier Uhlmann.”, summarized the Berlin Fencing Association (BFB) president Mario Freund.
In a moving moment, Dieter Bergmann (former president of FC Grunewald) was honoured during the gala finale by Marion Freund and Marian Moldenhauer (president FC Grunewald) for his long-year work. Since the 17th “White Bear” 41 years ago, the “White Bear Oldie" is connected to the traditional tournament as a fencer and organiser and he does not consider quitting any time soon. Thank you very much Dieter!
A big thank you also goes to all not-mentioned supporters, helpers and organisers who made the 58th “White Bear of Berlin” to a great tournament event for fencers and guests.
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The countdown is on, on the 22nd and 23rd of February 2020 the sports metropolis Berlin will again host the "White Bear". For the 60th time, the international epee tournament attracts fencers from all over the world to Berlin and making it one of the three oldest tournament series in the capital.
On 23 lanes, more than 250 fencers fight for two days to the qualification for the semi-finals, which traditionally take place on Sunday afternoon as a gala finale in the Historic Dome Hall in the House of the German Sport.
Also the fencing offspring may cross the blades parallel on sunday. The international U11/U13 student tournament for foil, 13th "Little White Bear", will take place on Sunday from 9:00 am in parallel in the House of the German Sport. The final fights of the four age- and weapon groups will also be fought out during the Gala Dinner in the Historic Dome Hall.
Experience the fascinating fencing sport up close on Saturday and Sunday in the House of the German Sport with free entry. Do not hesitate too long to secure tickets or VIP tickets for the spectacular fencing show at the gala finale in the Historic Dome Hall of the House of German Sports. Space is limited. We looking forward to seeing you.
60th "White Bear of Berlin" International Men's Epée tournament
Friday, 21st February 2020
18.00 - 20.00 o'clock Weapon control, House of the German Sport
Saturday, 22nd February 2020, House of the German Sport
from 7.15 o'clock Weapon control
8.00 Uhr Call
8.15 Uhr Strike time
9.00 o'clock start preliminary rounds
from ca. 13.00 o'clock direct eliminations (K.O.-fights)
Sunday, 23rd February 2020, House of the German Sport
from 9.30 o'clock 64er direct eliminations (K.O.-fights)
ca. 13.00 o'clock presentation ceremony for places 5-8
Gala final in the Historic Dome Hall
from 14.00 o'clock semi finals and final
13th "Little White Bear" International Youngster Foil tournament (U11/U13)
Sunday, 23rd February 2020, House of the German Sport
from 9.00 o'clock preliminary rounds
ca. 13.00 o'clock presentation ceremony for places 4-8
Gala finals in the Historic Dome Hall
from 13.30 o'clock finals
Subject to change
Besides the internationally experienced persons in charge of the tournament management this regards also the top executives directly next to the fencing bouts. Around 50 German and international referees judge the battles of the “White Bear”. They decide if touchés are valid or invalid, use the complex rules of fencing at their fingertips and this way interpret the regarding situations. In very rare cases they issue warnings (yellow card), penalties (red card) or even disqualifications (black card).
In order to control battles with a certain level as at the “White Bear”, the referees need to have gained at least the highest national referee certificate (CN) successfully.
Regarding this the fencing event is an ideal stepping stone for referees to gain new experiences and to recommend themselves to the officials of the referees commission of the German Fencing Association for further services or even the admission to the closest circle of “GFA-referees”. As the “White Bear” is also a tournament for the under 23 year olds of the EFC (European Fencing Confederation), this can also be an important part on the way to the newly created C licence of the EFC.
Therefore year for year famous representatives of this “guild” are standing in their “work clothes” – dark suit with buttoned shirt and tie – at the bouts. Even very experienced referees like to return to the “Bear”. It is not the generous “payment” that is tempting but the special flair and the “Berlin air” that ensures the right atmosphere. Different from most of the other tournaments the referees are well taken care of and personally almost family looked after.
2018 the highest referee and responsible for the direction and the assignment of the referees at the “White Bear” is again Sven Uentzelmann. Born in Bremen he is a member of the GFA teaching team and of the GFA referees, holds an international licence of the pentathlon world union UIPM and trains coaches and referees for several associations. Besides assignments at World and European championships, the Olympic Games were a highlight of his experiences. He has been loyal to the “Bear” for 26 years now and was first taking part as sportsmen and trainer, then as referee and now as the referee person in charge.
Who wants to apply as referee for the “White Bear” is welcome to use this contact E-mail address: contact[at]bearfencing-berlin.de.
Who is interested in a referee training or a further education can get more information from the training warden of the Berlin Fencing Association, Karsten May: lehrwart[at]berliner-fechterbund.de
As in the years 2016 to 2018, all the fights of the preliminary rounds and the direct eliminations of the 60th "White Bear of Berlin" will take place in several halls in the House of German Sport.
The fights of the semi-finals and the finale of the 60th "White Bear of Berlin" will take place on Sunday, 23rd February 2020, in the historic domed hall at the House of German Sport. Also the 4 final fights of the 13th "Little White Bear" take place here.
The historic dome hall, which was originally built for Olympic fencing tournaments in 1936, has an elliptical groundplan and a height of 17m. The dome measures 14m diameter and is equipped with 3.400 prismatic telescopes.