15 November 2019
Coutya makes it two golds in two days at Amsterdam World Cup
Three-time world champion Dimitri Coutya notched his second gold medal in as many days at the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Amsterdam, adding men’s epee B glory to his earlier foil triumph.
The 22-year-old breezed into the knockout stages with six wins from six in his pool, a performance that earned him a bye into the round of 16.
With 15-8 wins over Canadian Pierre Mainville and Iraq’s Ammar Ali, Coutya set up a semi-final bout with France’s Yohan Peter, which he cruised through by the same score line to qualify for the showpiece.
There he met Russia’s world number five Alexander Kuzyukov, but the European champion demonstrated his class with a comfortable 15-5 win to notch his second title of the competition.
He said: “My mindset for this event was just to go out there, see what happened, and enjoy it.
“There’s always something to work on and improve in fencing, and that’s something I’ll continue to try and do going forward.”
Competing in the same category, Shah Rashid was defeated at the last 32 stage, losing 11-3 to Poland’s Kamil Rzasa, having won two of his six pool matches.
In the men’s foil A, Oliver Lam-Watson sped through his pool - winning all five contests - but was undone 15-8 by Korea’s Jae-Hoon Sim in the last 16, while Joshua Waddell was beaten 15-5 by Russia’s Artur Yusupov in the last 32.
Elsewhere, Gemma Collis-McCann won five of six pool contests in the women’s sabre A category but succumbed to a 15-11 defeat at the hands of Ukraine’s Yevheniia Breus in the last 16.
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