Hong Kong, Georgia, Hungary, Italy go golden at wheelchair fencing World Cup
Countries shared the spoils at the 2021 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Pisa, Italy, on Saturday (20 November) as Hong Kong, Georgia, Hungary and Italy all grabbed gold.
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Hong Kong’s seven-time Paralympic champion Yu Chui Yee was victorious in the women’s foil category A, stealing the chance of a win for the hosts.
Yee faced Andreea Mogos for gold, a fencer who had seen off Hungary’s Rio 2016 bronze medallist Zsuzsanna Krajnyak in the semi-final.
Unfortunately for Mogos Yee proved a step too far and she had to settle for silver.
Krajnyak took bronze alongside Georgia’s Nino Tibilashvili.
Not a foil specialist, but managing to collect her second gold of the World Cup after her sabre triumph, was Georgia’s Irma Khetsuriani in the women’s category B.
Hong Kong’s Nga Ting Tong fell to the Georgian in the final, but will be pleased with her silver medal – her first individual accolade at this level.
Germany’s Sylvi Tauber collected her second bronze in as many days. Dutch fencer Iris Tenkink also landed on the podium.
In the men’s Italy’s Edoardo Giordan overcame teammate Matteo Dei Rossi for a place in the final in the men’s sabre category A.
He took on promising German 22-year-old Maurice Schmidt for gold, an athlete who has won multiple medals in the weapon at youth World Championships. Schmidt secured a shot on gold by beating Hungary’s Richard Osvath in the semi-final.
In the end Giordan proved too much for Schmidt to handle as Italy delighted in their second gold in 24 hours.
Dei Rossi and Osvath were the bronze medallists.
In the men’s sabre category B, Hungary’s Istvan Tarjanyi also celebrated a golden double.
Gianmarco Paolucci was denied another win for the Italians but picked up the second sabre podium of his career with silver.
French teammates Peter Yohan and Laurent Vadon shared the third step of the podium.
Action concludes in Pisa on Sunday (21 November) with the excitement of the men’s sabre and women’s foil team competitions.