Three golds and a bronze as wheelchair fencers Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver bring it home at World Cup

07 July 2018

University of Bath-based wheelchair fencers Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver both struck gold once again as they continued their excellent IWAS World Cup form in Warsaw, Poland.

Coutya, the reigning World Champion in Category B epee and foil, completed a golden double for the second successive World Cup as he claimed two more titles to cement his status as World number one.

He beat two French fencers in his respective finals, overcoming Maxime Valet 15-12 to win the foil and Yohan Peter 15-9 to add the epee crown.

MJ Church ambassador Gilliver followed up the gold he won in Italy in March by dominating the Category A epee competition once again on his way to a 15-11 victory over Russia’s Artur Yusupov in the final.

Yusopov was the only fencer to score double figures against Gilliver, who went on to win Category A sabre bronze the following day. He topped his pool on his way to the semi-finals, where he was edged out 15-13 by eventual champion Li Hao of China.

Coutya and Rio 2016 Paralympic silver-medallist Gilliver are both coached by Peter Rome at the University’s Sports Training Village, using the fencing salle and sparring with, among others, Bath Sword Club and Pentathlon GB’s elite training squad.

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