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On This Day: June 10th

2005: A 23 year old Kenny Egan won his first of three EU gold medals with a come-from-behind victory in Sardinia.

Neilstown’s Egan trailed Croatia’s Marijo Šivolija (who would win World silver later that year) by five points after the first round, but roared back across the remaining three rounds to take a 48:37 win.

It was a second international medal for Egan who had taken silver at the inaugural edition of the tournament in Strasbourg in 2003.

Afterwards Egan said that “I am delighted with the win. I picked my shots from round two and showed great form and fitness to beat a top fighter.”

En-rote to the final Egan beat France’s Kevin Piquet and Turkey’s Yildirim Tarhan by the old 15-point rule before defeating Hungarian Istvan Szucs 28:18 in the semi-final.

Joe O'Neill

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