China get stronger with latest World Cup sweep
Chinese wheelchair fencers put on their latest dominant World Cup display in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, on Thursday (7 December) leaving with all four epee and foil golds.
Xiao Rong ended the individual events with a medal from each weapon – and her second gold – after victory in the women’s foil category B.
The World Championships silver medallist and Asian champion triumphed against teammate Su Kang with a 15-6 score.
The win is Rong’s third podium of the year in foil, but her first victory.
“I am excited to win this gold medal,” Rong said. “It gives me the confidence and experience for the Paris 2024 Paralympics.”
South Korea’s Eun Hye Cho took her second bronze of this World Cup and first in the foil for the year.
Thailand delighted in their latest medal as Saysunee Jana bought their total to four, also with bronze.
China’s Jianquan Tian emerged the victor from another all-Chinese final against Yang Chen in the men’s epee category A.
Chen had previously knocked-out world and Paralympic champion Piers Gilliver of Great Britain for a place in the final, and so looked strong.
But Tian – the Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist – showed he was the more experienced fencer. He added to his silver from the sabre and ends 2023 with two wins from epee.
Gilliver and Germany’s Maurice Schmidt were the bronze medallists.
Jie Zhang brought his World Cup men’s epee category B gold medal total to three for the year in the day’s penultimate match.
His opponent – teammate Benjun Qin – reached his best ever finish in the weapon with silver.
Winning his second bronze of 2023 was Anton Datsko. Even more consistent was Yohan Peter who maintained his 100 per cent podium record, taking his third bronze.
Haiyan Gu concluded China’s clean sweep in the women’s foil category A. Gu expertly cleared her compatriot Yuandong Chen 15-7 to secure her second gold and third medal overall.
World Championships silver medallist Xufeng Zou concluded her season with bronze at her first World Cup appearance since returning to the piste in October.
Italian foilist Andrea Mogos also rounded off a great 12 months with her fourth podium.
The Nakhon Ratchasima 2023 World Cup concludes on Friday (8 December) with the men’s team foil, women’s epee and mixed team sabre.