Guissone grabs fourth Americas epee title

19/05/2024

Brazilian superstar and the man who has inspired a whole generation of fencers in his country, Jovane Guissone, won his fourth men’s epee category B title at the 2024 Wheelchair Fencing Americas Championships on Sunday (19 May).

It was the Tokyo 2020 silver medallist’s third consecutive title having started his winning streak in 2018, adding to his first from 2015. Guissone has never finished off the podium in the event at this level.

On Sunday the Brazilian was once again in top form, showing his continuing dominance. He faced Colombia’s Hector Molano Barrios for gold, a man competing in his first final.

Whilst Molano Barrios did not quite have what it took to unseat the king of the epee in the region, he still troubled Guissone at points in the match and will be a face to watch in the future. Guissone also took the chance to provide some words of encouragement to his opponent after their bout.

On the podium’s third spot, refugee athlete Amelio Castro made a promising appearance. He was joined by Brazi’s Izai Monteiro Da Silva.

The USA’s Ellen Geddes was overcome with emotions on retaining her title in the women’s foil category B.

Facing a tough challenge from Brazil’s Monica Santos, who made the most of the video reviews available to her, Santos kept in touch with Geddes throughout.

But Geddes – the top seed in Sao Paulo – focused on herself and held her nerve to stride over the finish line with a two-point buffer.

The win follows on from the American’s victory with her teammates in the epee the previous day, as well as bronze from the individual epee.

“It’s honestly fantastic. I was really hoping that this would be my result for today and I am grateful that I was able to make it happen,” Geddes said.

Santos’s silver was also her third podium finish of the competition. Bronze medallist Trinity Lowthian celebrated her 100 per cent podium record as did Venezuela’s Francia Jaimez Rojas.

Geddes’s win was quickly followed by another gold for Team USA in the men’s epee category A.

William Schoonover topped his first podium in the weapon having won a series of silver and bronzes in the sabre and foil at previous editions.

His bout against Lenilson De Oliveira was equally tense with both fencers showing their strength and style, but Schoonover had the edge.

The Brazilian added silver to his bronze from the foil. With their bronzes Canada’s Ryan Rousell and Argentina’s Carlos Freitas both end the Championships as medallists in all three weapons.

And the USA’s third gold of the day came in the women’s foil category A, courtesy of Victoria Isaacson.

Isaacson faced teammate Jataya Taylor for gold, an athlete searching for her second individual gold to follow on from the epee.

But it was not to be for Taylor as Isaacson was keen to win her first and just had the edge.

Canada’s Amber Briar and Fabiana Soares were the bronze medallists.

The men’s epee and women’s foil concluded the individual competition at the 2024 Wheelchair Fencing Americas Championships. Monday will see the final men’s and women’s team events take place in the same weapons.