FENCING: Graham Paul, of Upton near Banbury, became over-70 men’s epee champion in at the veterans’ World Championships in Slovenia.

After winning five out of six bouts in the seeding round, he qualified for the last 32 of the direct elimination stage.

On the way to the final, he scraped through two rounds by a single point and won his semi-final 10-7.

In the final, he met the small but fast Japanese fencer Eiichi Ide, who gave him a tough fight.

But Paul pulled ahead to win the gold medal with a 10-8 victory.