Golds for Great Britain, Hungary, Ukraine and Thailand at World Cup

06/07/2024

Fencers from Great Britain, Hungary, Ukraine and Thailand celebrated their last individual gold medals ahead of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games on Saturday (6 July) at the World Cup in Warsaw, Poland.

Great Britain’s Dimitri Coutya will head to the Paralympics with a trio of World Cup golds under his belt after emerging from his latest final victorious in the men’s foil category B.

Coutya added to wins from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and at home in Cardiff from this year. In September he will aim to match or improve on his bronze medal performance from Tokyo 2020.

Coutya beat Ukraine’s Anton Datsko to the top spot with a 15-3 victory. But Datsko will be pleased with his best result from the foil since 2021.

Italy’s Michele Massa and France’s Maxime Valet were the bronze medallists. Massa is preparing for his Paralympic debut whilst Valet will compete at his third Games this summer, with the added benefit of it being at home.

Hungary’s Paralympic silver medallist Richard Osvath was back to his World Cup best in the men’s foil category A.

Osvath finished second in Cardiff earlier this year and he went almost the whole of 2023 without a win, with the exception of Busan, South Korea. But in a field of mostly European fencers on Saturday, the regional title holder was in his element.

Italy’s Emanuele Lambertini put up a good challenge but had to settle for silver as Osvath was the first to 15.

The rest of the podium was occupied by Lambertini’s teammate Matteo Betti alongside Michal Nalewajek who also grabbed bronze for the hosts.

Ukraine’s European champion Yevheniia Breus was the victor in the women’s epee category A. Breus faced Spain’s Judith Rodriguez, competing in her second final in as many days after winning the foil on Friday.

Breus managed to halt Rodriguez’s charge, showing her experience and beating her 15-10.

France’s Brianna Vide and Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Krajnyak won their second medals of Warsaw 2024, both taking third place. Vide also took bronze in sabre and Krajnyak in the foil.

Fencers are still waiting for Thailand’s Saysunee Jana to faulter in the women’s epee category B.

The Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist heads into Paris 2024 unbeaten at World Cups, Asian and World Championships since 2020. In Friday’s final her opponent was European champion Olena Fedota-Isaeiva who left with her second podium of the year.

Italy’s Rossana Pasquino and Turkey’s Elke Lale Van Achterberg were the bronze medallists.

The Warsaw 2024 World Cup concludes in Poland on Sunday with team events in men’s foil and women’s epee.

It will be followed immediately by the category C World Championships which get underway on the same day, also in Warsaw, and the sabre team World Championships on Monday.