Italy end home wheelchair fencing World Cup golden
The 2022 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Pisa, Italy, concluded on Sunday (25 September) with three team golds up for grabs.
Italy are still unbeaten in the new mixed team sabre, securing their second victory of 2022.
Mixed events were introduced for this season with the Italians claiming the first ever World Cup title on offer in Warsaw, Poland, in July.
The same quad of World Championships bronze medallist Edorado Giordan, Gianmarco Paolucci, Andreea Mogos and Rossanna Pasquino stormed to gold once again in Pisa.
They faced Poland in the final, as they did in Warsaw, but Adrian Castro, Michal Siatkowski, Kinga Drozdz and Jadwiga Pacek had to settle for silver once again.
Poland took an early – and convincing – lead of 15-9 but Giordan turned the tables against Siatkowski to claim victory.
France’s Ludovic Lemoine, Maxime Valet, Sophie Sablon and Brianna Vide were the bronze medallists.
Paralympic silver medallists Great Britain made their mark once again in the men’s team foil.
Oliver Lam Watson overturned a narrow Italian lead against Michele Massa to set his team up for success in the final. The momentum was then with Dimitri Coutya, Piers Gilliver and Lam to pull away from their opponents and ease to victory.
Emanuele Lambertini, Matteo Betti, Marco Cima and Massa took silver for Italy.
Michal Dabrowski, Michal Nalewajek, Patryk Banach and Dariusz Pender completed a hattrick of team medals for Poland with bronze.
The final of the women’s epee team came to a premature end as Hungary were forced to withdraw due to a medical issue during their match against Poland.
The Polish team of Kinga Drozdz, Marta Fidrych, Jadwiga Pacek and Sara Rogowska left with the gold.
Having made it to the final, Eva Andreja Hajmasi, Zsuzsanna Krajnyak, Boglarka Mezo and Amarilla Veres still took silver.
The French team of Clemence Delavoipiere, Cecile Demaude, Sophie Sablon and Brianna Vide were the bronze medallists.
Next up on the 2022 World Cup circuit is Eger, Hungary, from 17-18 November which takes place just ahead of the European Championships in Warsaw from 29 November – 4 December.
Before then the under 17 and under 23 World Championships heads to Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 19-21 October and is swiftly followed by the Americas Championships from 22-25 October, also in Sao Paulo.