Jana storms to latest Asian epee title at home

24/04/2024

Thailand’s multiple Paralympic medallist and defending champion, Saysunee Jana, stormed to her latest accolade at the 2024 Wheelchair Fencing Asian and Oceanian Championships at home in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, on Wednesday.

Jana overcame South Korea’s Eun Hyo Cho for her third Asian title, adding to her lengthy unbeaten run in the women’s epee category B which stretches back to 2020 at any competition.

The win was quite straightforward for Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Jana in the end. With a vocal home crowd behind her, she fought her way to a 15-9 victory.

Cho however will still be pleased with silver, which represents her first regional medal.

The event also featured a maiden major international medal for the Mongolian wheelchair fencing team. Tsolmon Dambiibaljar grabbed bronze to make history for her country.

The second bronze was won by Hong Kong, China’s Nga Ting Tong, who returned to the Asian podium for the first time since 2018.

Visit Kingmanaw doubled-up for Thailand in the men’s foil category B, claiming his first major title on a podium filled with first timers.

Hong Kong, China’s, Sean Glass finished with silver whilst the Japanese duo of Michinobu Fujita and Akira Tsunoda took a bronze each.

In the men’s foil category A, Zainalabdeen Al-Madhkhoori also reached new heights for Iraq.

Al-Madhkhoori impressed in his least strongest weapon, bettering his previous best finish by quite some margin to take the title.

Japan’s Shintaro Kano was his opponent but unfortunately for him, he could not stop Al-Madhkhoori on a march. Kano had to settle for silver, which still came with a lining as his first medal at this level.

South Korea’s Hyo Kyeong Kwon was the last athlete to achieve a first on Wednesday. Competing in the women’s epee category A, Kwon was strong against Thailand’s Aphinya Thongdaeng even with the home support.

Kwon did not have it easy. Thongdaeng pushed her all the way until the South Korean managed to breakaway and secure a five-point lead to win.

Thongdaeng was also riding high after winning her semi-final against wheelchair fencing legend Yu Chui Yee of Hong Kong, pushing her into third place.

Sunmi Kim secured her first Asian medal for South Korea with the other bronze, adding to the same colour she won at the World Championships.

The 2024 Asian and Oceanian Championships continue on Thursday with the women’s epee and men’s foil team events.

The competition runs until 28th April and offers athletes the chance to gain all-important qualification points for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. Lives results are available at wheelchair-fencing.org