Top quality field ready to end road to Paris in Sao Paulo

21/05/2024

The world’s top ranked wheelchair fencers are gathering in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the last World Cup of the Paris 2024 qualification period.

Number 1 seeds in all individual and team events but one will line-up in the Brazilian metropolis from 23-26 May, alongside many others from the world top 10.

However all fencers will be aiming for their best finish to secure direct slots to Paris 2024.

The Sao Paulo 2024 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup can be watched live at wheelchair fencing’s website, alongside live results.

Women’s

Poland’s Marta Fidrych leads out the field in the women’s epee category A and will be joined by respective World No.2 and No.3 Hyo Kyeong Kwon of South Korea and Great Britain’s Gemma Collis.

Collis won her first European medal in the weapon in March whilst Kwon grabbed her maiden Asian title last month. Fidrych is a bronze medallist from both the Euros and most recent World Championships held in 2023. Also contributing to the deep field in this event is Hungary’s Paralympic champion Amarilla Veres and Chinese fencers Haiyan Gu, Xufeng Gu and Yuandong Chen.

Thailand’s Saysunee Jana is the world leader in both the women’s foil and epee category B.

And athletes like Stephenie Rodriguez are hoping to add to their points haul for the season with the aim of directly securing a Paralympic debut for Australia.

As hosts, France will also be looking to impress at the upcoming Paralympics. Both Cecile Demaude and Brianna Vide have worked their way into the top 10 in the women’s epee category B and sabre category A, respectively.

In the team events, Hungary are the top seeds in the women’s foil. But look out for the US women in the team epee and foil as they compete off the back of winning their first Americas titles.

Men

The British duo of men’s epee category A Paralympic champion Piers Gilliver and men’s epee and foil category B bronze medallist Dimitri Coutya have been a constant threat since Tokyo 2020.

But China have been right behind them since returning to the circuit in 2023.

The likes of Jianquan Tian, the men’s category A Paralympic bronze medallist, and Yanke Feng, the sabre category B Paralympic champion are expected to be amongst a long list of Chinese fencers in form in Sao Paulo.

Brazil’s Jovane Guissone is the world No.2 in the epee category B and is fresh from winning the Americas title in the foil and epee last week.

Maxime Valet is one of France’s leading hopes for a medal at his home sold-out Paralympic Games this summer. He is the world No.2 in both the foil and sabre category B.

In the team events long term fans of wheelchair fencing will be rubbing their hands together with glee at the prospect of another face-off between Iraq and China in the epee.

The last time they met at the World Championships in Terni, Italy, Iraq stunned the Paralympic silver medallists with a dramatic victory in the final.

The Sao Paulo 2024 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup will feature a full compliment of men’s and women’s competition in epee, foil and sabre category A and B. The mixed team sabre – not currently on the Paralympic programme – will also be contested.

Competition gets underway on Thursday (23 May) with the men’s foil and women’s sabre.