Two World Championship silver medals for GB Wheelchair Fencers
on 21-09-2015 15:55
GB wheelchair fencers enjoyed their best ever results at World Championship level this weekend, winning two silver medals at the competition in Eger, Hungary.
Piers Gilliver demonstrated a solid performance in the poule rounds of the men’s Epée (Category A) before progressing through to the semi-final. In an incredible display, he demolished his opponent Tian Jianquan (China) with an impressive 15-5 victory with some well timed and accurate attacks.
He then went on to meet Sun Gang (China) in an extremely tight final where every point was a match in itself. Gilliver fought hard against Sun to level at 14-14 but narrowly missed out on taking the last point to win silver.
In the men’s Foil (Category B), 17 year-old Dimitri Coutya kept a cool head as he worked his way through to a semi-final against Feng (China). No match at this stage was ever going to be easy, and Coutya trailed 7-2 down before some intelligent, well thought out fencing provided a nail-biting comeback and resulted in a well deserved victory for Coutya, with a score of 15-13.
In the final, Coutya faced Hu from China, again fighting hard and working for every point with very little to separate the two players. In the end, Hu managed to edge forward to claim the gold, Coutya taking silver with a score of 15-12.
“This is a wonderful achievement, brought about by sheer hard work and determination. It’s a promising progression towards Rio 2016.” Shuna Body
Shuna Body, Team Leader, said: “This is a wonderful achievement, brought about by sheer hard work and determination. It’s a promising progression towards Rio 2016.”