By Nick Butler

The Ohio city of Columbus will host the 2013 North American Fencing Cup and USA National Championships in 2013September 27 - The North American Fencing Summer Cup, which is held alongside the USA National Championships and is the world's largest annual tournament, will return to the Ohio city of Columbus for the second successive year after the success of this year's version in July.

With more than 400 teams and 4,000 athletes in age groups ranging from nine to 90 on show this year's event generated an estimation of more than $5 million dollars (£3 million/€3.7 million) in revenue through visitor spending.

It also broke attendance records but, with several extra events having been added to a line-up spanning 12 days of action across the two competitions, next year's event is expected to be even bigger.

The two events next year will also glean particular significance because they will form the final tests ahead of the 2014 World Championships in Sofia.

After enduring a disappointing campaign at the London 2012 Olympics the United States has enjoyed a competitive resurgence in recent months and won three medals at the World Championships in Budapest in August.

This included a first ever individual male title for foil competitor Miles Chamley-Watson as well as a silver medal in the corresponding team event and a bronze medal in the women's team sabre.

Miles Chamley-Watson celebrating becoming the first individual and male US world champion should be among those competing at Columbus next yearMiles Chamley-Watson, celebrating becoming the first individual and male US world champion, should be among those competing at Columbus next year

All of these medalists, including Chamley-Watson, will be among those honing their World Championship preparations at Columbus next year.

"We're thrilled to be back in Columbus for 2014 after breaking numerous attendance records at the Nationals earlier this year," said USA Fencing National Events Director Christy Strong-Simmons.

"Columbus really rolled out the red carpet for our fencing community and their support made 2013 one of our most successful events ever.

"We're all looking forward to returning to Columbus next summer."

These sentiments were endorsed by the Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Shetina Logan.

"Columbus is proud to continue our partnership with USA Fencing," she explained.   

"It's a great testament to our destination's hospitality community to have them back and we look forward to working together again to help showcase the best fencers in the world."

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