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September 21, 2000

Veteran fencer loses in first round

Globe and Mail Update

Even though she lost her first-round match in fencing 15-8 to South Korea's Seo Mi-Jung, getting to the Olympics would seem to have been enough for 42-year-old Jujie Luan.

She moved to Canada from China in 1989 and only played part time thereafter. But Luan decided that she wanted to compete at her third Olympics and was able to qualify for Sydney. Now living in Edmonton, Luan won a gold medal for China in 1984.

Montreal's Julie Mahoney was defeated by Romania's Reka Zsofia Szabo 15-10 in the second round of the event. The 22-year-old, who started fencing when she was seven, is the reigning Pan Am Games bronze medalist.



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