Thailand, Poland, Great Britain, China golden at World Cup

24/05/2024

Four golds went to fencers from four different countries at the 2024 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday (24 May) as athletes showed their form at the last qualifier for the Paralympic Games.

Thailand’s world champion Saysunee Jana still cannot be beaten in the women’s epee category B.

The Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist has not dropped a beat at the World Cup level since the last Paralympics and Friday was no different.

Jana expertly bobbed and weaved her way past Turkey’s Elke Lale Van Achterberg for gold.

Achterberg’s silver is still her best ever finish at this level, and follows on from her European Championships medal of the same colour.

Ukraine’s Olena Fedota-Isaieva added another bronze to her collection, equalling her finish in the sabre from the day before.

China’s Xiao Rong was the other bronze medallist.

Poland’s European champion and Worlds and Paralympic silver medallist Adrian Castro won gold in the men’s sabre category B in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it final with Hungary’s Istvan Tarjanyi.

Castro landed hit after hit leaving the Hungarian behind 15-5 for gold.

Paris 2024 hosts France celebrated a double podium finish with Maxime Valet and Marc Andre Cratere taking both bronzes.

Valet just lost out on a place in the final, losing to Tarjanyi by one point, but should be happy with his bronze with less than 100 days to go until his home Paralympics alongside his teammate.

Great Britain’s European champion Piers Gilliver was the victor in the men’s sabre category A.

Gilliver got past Italy’s Edoardo Giordan, the World Championships bronze medallist, who had to settle for silver with a score of 15-6.

Hungary’s Richard Osvath and Ukraine’s Andrii Demchuk grabbed the two bronzes.

China rounded off the day with a double podium in the women’s epee category A.

It was a close bout between Worlds silver medallist Haiyan Gu and bronze medallist Yuandong Chen.

The latter athlete is looking to make her Paralympic debut this year and impressed against her more experienced teammate, Gu.

Whilst the match was close, Chen had the edge and reached the magic 15 with a two point buffer.

Hungary’s Amarilla Veres won her second World Cup bronze of 2024. Ukraine’s European champion Yevheniia Breus landed on her latest podium, occupying the other third place.

The 2024 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup continues until Sunday (26 May).

Saturday will showcase the men’s epee and women’s foil category A and B.

Full results are available at wheelchair-fencing.org.