USA top medals table at Americas Championships

20/05/2024

The USA rounded off their best ever performance at a wheelchair fencing Americas Championships with their eighth gold on Monday (20 May), winning the women’s team foil after a close match against defending champions Brazil.

The lead swapped several times throughout the tie. After Victoria Isaacson landed five hits to zero against Fabiana Soares, you could be forgiven for thinking it was all over for Brazil with three bouts to go.

But Monica Santos and Carminha Oliveira reclaimed the lead and then kept within touching distance after another great shift from Isaacson.

With the just one bout to go it was up to Jataya Taylor to protect and extend the USA’s slender three -point lead.

Soares had a good go at drawing level but in the end, Taylor managed to get the USA over the line.

The haul of eight golds has left the US team feeling buoyant ahead of the World Cup, which gets underway in Sao Paulo on 23 May, and at the 100 day to go mark until the Paris 2024 Paralympics.

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“It feels fantastic. This is a great way to get ready for the World Cup. We have three days of training to rest and rest and get ready to go,” the USA’s third team member Ellen Geddes said. “Certainly we were hoping to win, you could never know, but that felt pretty close to me! Grateful to have Jay [Jataya Taylor] there to close it out for us.”

The victory over Brazil – who have historically been the top nation at the competition – is especially symbolic. Brazil hosted the Paralympics in 2016 whilst the USA are preparing to stage the Games in Los Angeles in 2028.

Canada’s Trinity Lowthian, Amber Briar and Ruth Sylvie Morel took the bronze.

The USA topped the overall medals table in Sao Paulo. Brazil were not far behind with five titles as Canada left with two.

Brazil’s last gold came in the men’s epee team as the country remain the undefeated men’s epee team champions, this time beating the USA.

Jovane Guissone, Lucas Juliao and Kevin Damasceno built up an unassailable lead that even impressive efforts from Scott Rodgers and William Schoonover could not challenge.

Abe Kaplan completed the US trio who tried to unseat Brazil, who have held the regional title since 2015.

The Brazilians won gold with a 45-34 score but the USA’s silver is also their fourth podium finish.

Colombia however have never made an appearance on the podium at this level. That all changed on Monday as individual silver medallist Hector Molano, Heyver Camacho and Alexander Tapasco eased past Venezuela.

That added to Colombia’s bronze from the men’s sabre team.

Fencers will now be joined by athletes from all around the world for the 2024 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup from 23-26 May. It will be the final chance to grab qualification points for Paris 2024.