Final Wheelchair Fencing summary from Incheon Para Games 2014
China's wheelchair fencers dominate in Incheon
China’s wheelchair fencers dominate in Incheon
The Chinese squad showed their strength in depth, as Hong Kong, China, also enjoyed success at the 2014 Asian Para Games in South Korea.
Chinese athletes have dominated the wheelchair fencing at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games in South Korea, between 18-24 October.
Their supremacy was particularly apparent in the men’s events, with Chinese athletes taking five of the six available titles.
In the category A foil event three of the four podium places went to the Chinese team. Gang Sung took the gold, beating teammate Ruyi Ye in the final.
Daoliang Hu, a Paralympic champion at London 2012, again showed his class as he took the equivalent category B title.
There was then another Chinese one-two in the men’s category A sabre event. Ye came away with the gold in his second final of the tournament, beating teammate Jianquan Tian in the final. China’s Yijun Chen, the favourite before the event, shared third place with Hong Kong, China’s Wing Kin Chan.
Further success for China came in the women’s category A foil competition, with Jing Rong victorious. Rong found top form when it mattered most, even looking comfortable as she beat Hong Kong, China, seven-time Paralympic champion Yu Chui Yee on the way to the title.
The Hong Kong, China, supporters soon had something to cheer, however, as Chan Yui Chong won gold in the women’s category B foil competition. There was nearly another title for Chong soon after too, but China’s JingJing Zhou proved too strong in the category B epee final.
Any disappointment will not have lasted long, with Chong’s husband Chik Sum Tam fencing impressively on his way to the men’s category B sabre title. He also played a key role as Hong Kong, China, won the men’s team sabre event.
An excellent tournament for Chong was then sealed with a win in the women’s team foil event, where they beat the Chinese team in the final.
Chong and colleagues then had to settle for silver in the equivalent epee event as the same teams battled it out for gold and China emerged as winners.
The Chinese squad celebrated victory in both the men’s foil and épée team events. Counting three London 2012 gold medal winners within their teams, China never really looked troubled as they beat Hong Kong, China, and South Korea in the respective finals. The Iraq team finished third in both events, spurred on by key performer Ali Amar.
The Asian Para Games has seen athletes from 41 countries competing across 23 sports and concludes on Friday (24 October). For more information, visit the Incheon 2014 website.