19 September 2018
Coutya storms to European wheelchair fencing gold
Dimitri Coutya hailed his ‘incredible’ achievement after sealing epee gold at the Wheelchair Fencing European Championships in Terni, Italy.
The 20-year-old had earlier this week claimed bronze in the foil but the double world champion upgraded to top the podium in the men’s epee category B final.
Coutya downed Belarus’ Andrei Pranevich – the Rio Paralympic champion – 15-5 in the final to secure the gold medal.
"To get to the final with Pranevich at such a big competition is a huge honour.”
This was his first European gold after silver in foil and bronze in epee two years ago.
The bronze medals on the day went to Russia’s Konstantin Yuryevich Beych and Alexander Kuzyukov but it was a day to celebrate for Coutya – whose sights are now set on Tokyo 2020.
“It’s incredible,” he said. “Pranevich is so strong, the Paralympic champion and to get to the final with him at such a big competition is a huge honour.”
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