Rodriguez, Vio Grandis, impress in World Cup foil

05/07/2024

Spain’s Judith Rodriguez and Italy’s Beatrice Vio Grandis rose to the top of the women’s foil category A and B respectively at the 2024 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, each registering notable performances with just weeks until the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. Rodriguez chose the perfect time to claim her first […]

Spain’s Judith Rodriguez and Italy’s Beatrice Vio Grandis rose to the top of the women’s foil category A and B respectively at the 2024 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, each registering notable performances with just weeks until the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Rodriguez chose the perfect time to claim her first World Cup gold in the women’s foil category A.

Rodriguez is gearing up for her Paralympic debut in Paris this summer and has registered top three performances in the epee. The 28-year-old is also a European bronze medallist in both the epee and foil.

But competing against the rest of the world in foil, Rodriguez impressed in Warsaw. She got past Ukraine’s Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Nataliia Morkvych in the semi-final, before facing Hong Kong, China’s, Ka Man Lam in the gold medal match.

Rodriguez eased to a six-point win (15-9).

Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Krajnyak claimed her first individual podium in the weapon since the beginning of 2023 with bronze, alongside Morkvych with her second of the year.

Italian double Paralympic champion Vio Grandis once again starred at the top of the women’s foil category B.

Vio Grandis has struggled with injury in the last year and has been focusing on other projects since Tokyo 2020. However the Italian has still won the last four World Cups she has competed in since returning to the pistes in early 2023. The 27-year-old also claimed her fourth world title in October.

Thailand’s Saysunee Jana, who has risen to the top of the world rankings in Vio’s absence, was her opponent in the final and had to settle for silver.

South Korea’s Eun Hyo Cho and Neutral Para Athlete Aleksandra Iliminskaya were the bronze medallists.

After missing out on the first World Cup of the year, Paralympic silver medallist Adrian Castro has now added two consecutive men’s sabre category B golds to his 2023 collection, in addition his latest European title.

Castro was the victor in his final against Ukraine’s Dmytro Serozhenko, a fencer who is no stranger the podium himself.

At the 2023 Warsaw World Cup, Serozhenko was the winner, as Castro left with bronze.

On Friday Serozhenko could not halt Castro’s charge as he prepares for his fourth Paralympics.

Castro was joined on the medal stand by teammate Michal Dabrowski. He took bronze with Germany’s Cheema Balwinder.

British European title-holder Piers Gilliver secured his second medal in as many days – and in the last two World Cups – in the men’s sabre category A.

Italy’s Edoardo Giordan grabbed silver. Ukraine’s Artem Manko and Germany’s Maurice Schmidt won a bronze each.

Winning their second consecutive medals of the competition so far were South Korea’s Dong Hun Kim and Israel’s Kantstantsin Kavaliou in the men’s foil category C.

Having finished with bronze in the epee on Thursday, Kim claimed victory against Kavaliou in his first World Cup final.

Ukraine’s European champion Serhii Shavkun also doubled-up on podiums with bronze. Latvia’s Dimitrijs Valainis, the European bronze medallist, rounded off the top three.

The Warsaw 2024 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup continues on Saturday (6 July) with the men’s foil and women’s epee.

It is the last competition in the build-up to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, taking place at the iconic Grand Palais from 3-7 September.