Ukraine sweep three world titles in Warsaw

08/07/2024

Ukrainian wheelchair fencers rose to the top of the team sabre and category C World Championships in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday (8 July) grabbing all three gold medals on offer in the men’s and women’s team and individual events.

A thrilling tie with Poland in the women’s team saw individual Paralympic bronze medallist Yevheniia Breus, Olena Fedota-Isaieva and Nataliia Morkvych emerge victorious by just one point.

At most only four hits separated the two countries as they battled to claim the win. Heading into the final match between Breus and Poland’s Kinga Drozdz, just two touches were the difference.

Breus looked to have everything under control but Drozdz dug deep to level the score at 44-44.

Both women fought hard to hold their nerves during several video reviews in the closing stages of the match. One final review was undertaken before Breus’s winning hit was confirmed and her team erupted with delight. It was Ukraine’s first world title since 2017 having finished both third and second since.

Poland’s Drozdz, Marta Fidrych, Jadwiga Pacek and Karolina Strawinska left with the silver.

Georgia’s Gvantsa Zadishvili, Nina Tibilashvili and Irma Khetsuriani overcame Italy 45-37 to take bronze.

Artem Manko, Anton Datsko and Andrii Demchuk can call themselves the men’s team sabre world champions once again after a convincing 45-32 win over Italy.

Manko turned the tables against Matteo Dei Rossi in the sixth round, overcoming a two-point deficit to hand Datsko a three-touch lead for his match against Gianmarco Paolucci. Demchuk and finally Manko successfully maintained the lead in the final two bouts.

Nicola D’Ambra and Edoardo Giordan completed the Italian team that took silver.

France’s Serge Robin, Maxime Valet and Ludovic Lemoine led the entirety of their bronze medal match against Poland to take third.

Category C World Championships

Another gold for Ukraine was already guaranteed before the final of the men’s epee category C as teammates Serhii Sheptitskyi and Serhii Shavkun prepared to face-off.

Shavkun has never finished off the podium at this level since he made his debut in 2015.

Sheptitskyi meanwhile was going for his first world title.

With the stage set, both men put up a good fight as expected. But it was Shakun who emerged the victor to claim his fourth World Championships gold.

Leonardo Rigo and Michinobu Fujita were the bronze medallists.

The 2024 Wheelchair Fencing Team Sabre World Championships and 2024 Category C World Championships ran from 7-8 July.

They followed the last World Cup ahead of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Fencers will now return home to put the finished touches to their preparations for the upcoming Paralympics.

Full results from the World Cup can be found here and from both World Championships here.