Wheelchair Fencers make promising start to Rio cycle
on 07-12-2012 10:00
Briain’s wheelchair fencers showed more of the promise displayed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games with a strong performance at the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Eger, Hungary.
The competition has been the most successful tournament for British Fencers since it began 12 years ago, with the British contingent coming home with three bronze medals and six quarter-final places.
Whilst fencers from China and Hong Kong were not present, nations which traditionally dominate the sport, 64 athletes from 11 countries participated in the tournament.
Tom Hall-Butcher, who made his debut in London for ParalympicsGB, took bronze in the men’s Individual Sabre, class A. Meanwhile, Piers Gilliver took bronze in the men’s Individual Epee, class A, after a narrow defeat to London 2012 gold medallist Dariusz Pender in the semi-finals.
In the men’s Team Sabre, Tom Hall-Butcher joined with Matthew Campbell-Hill and Dimitri Coutya to bring home another bronze for Great Britain.
The IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Hungary was the first international event in the calendar for British fencers in the Rio Paralympic Cycle.