IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Championship, Budapest – DAY 1


Individual Women's Foil Category A and B, Men's Sabre Category A and B

DAY ONE – Press Release

Date: 7/08/2013


The World Fencing Championships, incorporating the IWAS Wheelchair World Championships are taking place in Budapest – Hungary. This is the fourth consecutive time this has happened following similar successful partnerships in Torino, Paris and Catania.

The Syma Event and Congress Centre which has already hosted major international events before is quite conveniently located right outside the busiest part of town but still close to the city centre and It’s a fully functioning international standard fencing hall.

Iwas Wheelchair Fencing is particularly proud to bring over 165 world class wheelchair Athletes coming from 28 countries at the Mol World Fencing Championships Budapest 2013. All our movement welcomes to the Countries of Azerbaijan and United Arab Emirates, competing at the World Championships for the first time.


The atmosphere was electric at this first day competitions that saw Women’s Foil and Individual Men’s Sabre.

The first medal for Women’s Foil Cat. B competition was won from YAO Fang – representing China and gold medal from the London 2012 Paralympics beating CHAN Yui Chong from Hong Kong.

Bronze for Briese-Baetke Simone (GER) and Zhou Jingjiin (CHN).

The support of the home crowd was amazing for Dani Gyongyi who was the favorite athlete and already ranked at n. 1 of the IWAS International Ranking but she finished only at 8th  place.

We saw an Asiatic podium in Women’s Foil cat. A competition where the medals were shared between China and Hong Kong.

The crown was for the number one seed Yu Chui Yee (HKG) who overcome Bian Jing (CHN) ranked n. 28.

The bronze medals went to NG Justine Charissa (HKG)and to Wu Baili (CHN).

The big upset of the day come in this Category too for the Hungarian Krajnyak, bronze medalist from the Paralympics and stopped at 5th place.




The second competition of the day is men’s sabre Cat. A.

Modern Sabre fencing is fast, dynamic and exciting. Based on the Cavalry weapon used by military officers on horseback, the target area is above the waist including the head, and stems from the etiquette and honour amongst officers who deemed it poor sport to injure the horse in battle.

In the Cat. A Men’s competition, China again showed their dominance during this first day of World Championships with Chen Yijun (gold medalist in London 2012 and World Champion in Catania 2011) taking gold medal against the mate Tian Jianquan, silver medal from Paralympics and World Champion in Paris 2010.

Demchuk of Ukraine and Lemoine of France taking Bronze.

An all European final for the Men’s Cat B Sabre where Italy triumphed with Alessio Sarri beating the French Marc Cratere in the finale.

Poland took both bronze medals.