Golden start to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic qualification period for wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver

11 November 2018

University of Bath-based wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver began the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games qualification period in fine style as he won gold in the IWAS World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Rio 2016 silver-medallist, an ambassador for Team Bath sponsors MJ Church, was in fantastic form throughout the men’s Category A epee competition and took the overall victory with a battling 15-12 final success against World and European Champion Maxim Shaburov of Russia.

Training partner Dimitri Coutya enjoyed two podium finishes in Tbilisi, narrowly losing out 15-10 to Iraq’s Ammar Ali in the Category B epee final and winning bronze in the Category B foil.

Both Gilliver and Coutya are coached by Peter Rome at the University of Bath Sports Training Village and also train alongside Pentathlon GB’s elite athletes.

Next up is the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Kyoto, Japan, from December 13-16, the final edition of the year.

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