The International Medieval Combat Federation (IMCF) World Championships have drawn to a close at Scone Palace after four days of fierce competition.
Thousands of spectators descended on the crowning place of Scottish Kings to witness fighters from 31 countries battle it out in a series of sword wielding individual and group battles. Scone Palace welcomed thousands of visitors over the four days to experience the unique and highly competitive ancient sport.
Host nation, Scotland, had their best performance yet at the Championships, beating Ireland and Sweden in the 5v5 category before being knocked out in the quarter finals by one of the tournament favourites, USA.
Quebec were the runaway winners of the tournament, performing well in the individual events winning gold and silver in the male and female polearms respectively and three, gold, a silver and bronze in total. Quebec were followed closely by hot favourites Ukraine with two gold and two silver results for the tournament.
The full results for the tournament are as follows:
Female & Male polearms
Female & Male longswords
Female & Male sword & shield
Bronze: Finland 10v10 (male) Gold: France
Silver: Germany Bronze: Australia
Over 500 competitors from around the world took part in the medieval tournament with many staying on site at the historic visitor attraction in a medieval encampment throughout. Fighters from as far afield as China and Australia travelled to Perthshire to participate in the event, the first time it has been held in the U.K. The world’s press descended too, with media representatives from as far away as Japan and Canada. BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell participated in the opening ceremony as part of a story for BBC Breakfast.
As well as viewing an array of medieval battles, spectators were also witness to a romantic moment for one of the competitors from team USA. At the very end of the tournament, Bianca Rand from Washington DC took the microphone in the List arena and, in front of thousands of competitors and spectators, proclaimed that “women are strong too”. She then got down on one knee and proposed to her very own Knight, Andrew Dionne. He, of course, said yes!
As the international event ends, event hosts, Scone Palace have enjoyed welcoming so many people from all over the world to the unique event. Stephen Brannigan, Head of House at Scone Palace, said:
“As the crowning place of Scottish Kings, Scone Palace’s long history has provided the perfect venue for the IMCF World Championships. It has been wonderful to see hundreds of Knights walking around the Palace grounds and participating in full contact medieval combat. It has truly been like stepping into another time. We are delighted to have welcomed so many visitors of all ages to enjoy the event. Congratulations to all the winners and we bid everyone a safe journey home.”