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Canadian men's fencer out in round of 16

Canada's Joshua McGuire has been eliminated from the foil competition in Beijing. The Hamilton, Ont., native was defeated by Italian Salvatore Sanzo 15-3 in the round of 16.

Canada's Joshua McGuire has been eliminated from the foil competition in Beijing. The Hamilton, Ont., native was defeated by Italian Salvatore Sanzo 15-3 in the round of 16 on Wednesday.

Sanzo (No. 7 in the world rankings) won a silver at the 2004 Athens Games and a gold at the 2005 world championships.

McGuire (No. 54 in the world rankings) scored a thrilling 11-10 victory over an Israeli opponent in the opening round.

McGuire, 25, and his opponent Tomer Or (No. 16 in the world rankings) were tied 10-10 after the nine-minute allotted time for the bout. The Canadian was on his toes in the overtime and scored the crucial final point 15 seconds in for the victory.

"The first fencer I fought had a very strong technique, which better suited my fencing style," said McGuire. "I prefer attacks that give me more time to react," said McGuire. "The Italian in my second bout was very fast and because of his style I had little time to react. He dominated throughout the competition."

McGuire, who trains in Montreal, improved on his last Olympic appearance. At the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, the Canadian placed 29th in individual foil. Fencing Canada expected him to finish in the top 16 in Beijing.

with files from Canadian Press