Drozdz pulls win out of bag at home World Cup

05/07/2024

Poland’s Kinga Drozdz put on her best performance at the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup at home in in Warsaw on Thursday (4 July), triumphing in the women’s sabre category A. The world and European champion is on the road to her second Paralympics and is enjoying similar form to that which she displayed in the […]

Poland’s Kinga Drozdz put on her best performance at the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup at home in in Warsaw on Thursday (4 July), triumphing in the women’s sabre category A.

The world and European champion is on the road to her second Paralympics and is enjoying similar form to that which she displayed in the build-up to Tokyo 2020.

Drozdz was not able to convert that into a podium finish last time, but the signs are good again after her gold-medal win at the last competition ahead of Paris 2024.

Drozdz got past Ukraine’s Nataliia Morkvych 15-7 in the final.

Hungary’s Eva Andreja Hajmasi and France’s Brianna Vide were the bronze medallists.

Piers Gilliver was back on top in the men’s epee category A having dropped his first gold medal since 2019 at the last World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in June.

There the Paralympic champion lost out to Matteo Dei Rossi but on Thursday, Gilliver got past the Italian 15-11 in the semi-final.

In the final he faced Iraq’s 2019 World Championships bronze medallist and Asian title-holder Zainalabdeen Al-Madhkhoori for the second time this season.

Over the last two years Al-Madhkhoori has achieved some of the best results of his career. His first World Cup gold still remained elusive at the end of today, but his silver was still his best ever finish at this level.

Dei Rossi settled for third this time around alongside Turkey’s World Championships bronze medallist Hakan Akkaya.

There was a surprise result in the men’s epee category B as Latvia’s Oleg Garkuls-Gurevics knocked out Great Britain’s Paralympic bronze medallist and European champion Dimitri Coutya for a place in the final.

Gurevics has really found his form in 2024 and has finished on the podium at all three World Cups.

However a first gold proved a step too far for the Latvian. In a close final he faced Iraq’s Rio 2016 silver medallist, losing out by just one point.

Coutya claimed bronze as did Brazil’s Jovane Guissone.

Thailand’s Saysunee Jana, on her road to an incredible sixth Paralympics, was victorious in the women’s sabre category B.

Jana has consistently impressed in the epee and foil and added yet another gold to her collection, winning her first sabre World Cup gold since 2022.

In the final the Thai fencer faced Ukraine’s Nadia Doloh. Despite losing 15-6, Doloh can still be pleased with her first appearance in a final since 2017.

Her teammate Olena Isaieva Fedota rounded off the podium with Poland’s Karolina Strawinska. The Pole claimed her first top three finish in the weapon.

The men’s epee category C gold went to Israel’s Kanstantsin Kavaliou, reaching the top of his first World Cup podium against Ukraine’s Serhii Shavkun by a close one-point margin.

South Korea’s Dong Hum Kim and Shavkun’s compatriot Serhii Sheptitskyi were the bronze medallists.

The Warsaw 2024 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup continues until Sunday. It will be followed by the 2024 category C World Championships and sabre team World Championships.