OLYMPIAN AND GUEST SENIOR COACH
Richard Kruse is the former British and World No. 1 men's foilist - the only British fencer to have ever achieved the top global ranking.
He is also the 2018 World Championships Silver Medalist - you can read more about Richard's heroics in China here.
Richard is a four-times Olympian, having competed in Athens, Beijing, London and Rio, where he narrowly missed out on a Bronze medal, finishing fourth.
Throughout his career he won Junior European Championships title, won many junior and senior World Cups, won many medals at senior European Championships, won the Grand Prix in Venice, many masters championships and World Combat Games, reached the top 8 at the Senior World Championships 2003 and top 8 at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004.
In 2016, he won the Havana Grand Prix (pictured on the podium). In 2017, Richard added two more world class trophies to his haul, winning gold at the Shanghai Grand Prix and the Pharaoh's Challenge World Cup in Cairo (pictured in front of the Sphinx, under the watchful eye of Ziemek).
In May 2018, Richard pulled of the remarkable feat of again winning the Shanghai Grand Prix and retaining the title.
Richard was crowned the "Lion of Bonn" after his victory in the World Cup in December 2018.
He then reached the summit of world fencing in early 2019, being ranked World No 1 after his victory at the Prince Takamado World Cup in Tokyo.
Richard retired from international competition in May 2021. To commemorate his celebrated career, he was interviewed by Olympic Team Manager Johnny Davis (YouTube opens in a new window).
Richard has long lasting coaching experience at the ZFW Fencing Club. He will be having numerous appearances at ZFW, which will be announced on this website and on social media.