Kruse foiled in attempt to become Britain's first Rio medallist

The fencer was beaten 15-13 in the bronze medal play-off match body


Richard Kruse saw his bid to become Great Britain's first medallist of the Rio 2016 Olympics dashed by Russia's Timur Safin.

Kruse was beaten 15-13 by his opponent in their bronze medal play-off match in the men's foil, despite a spectacular comeback from 12-5 down to move within two points of victory at the Rio Olympic Park.

Richard Kruse (right) beat Italian Andrea Cassara on his way to reaching the last four (Owen Humphreys/PA)

In his fourth Olympics, Kruse had scored three impressive wins in the preliminary stages before falling to world number one Alexander Massialas in their semi-final bout.

He will now turn his attention to next week's team foil competition, in which Great Britain are considered to have an outside chance of a medal.