Just before the Norwegian fencing championship is about to kick off, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson popped by to have a go at the, dare I say, much taller Olympic winner Bartosz Piasecki.
Dickinson, now 54, did well during the warm-up sessions, but was thoroughly defeated as soon as the match kicked into gear.
“I had two points in a row,” Dickinson told Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.
“He’s kick-ass,” his opponent Piasecki added. “He is short but incredibly fast, that’s his weapon,” the fencing master said about his 170 centimeter tall and slightly older duelist, and added: “He looked like Rocky when he arrived in a brown robe with his fencing kit in a shoulder bag.”
After the match got serious, Piasecki took 5 points on Dickinson. The singer got stuck with 0 points in the final round.
“For me fencing is training,” Dickinson told the newspaper. “I gave up competing in tournaments when I was 23, at that point I was ranked number 7 in Britain.”
“I fence because I enjoy it, and the by-product is that I end up getting in reasonably good shape. Actually fencing is very similar to the way I run around on stage. Or maybe I run around on stage like that because I fence. Either way it works for me,” he mused.
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