Golden clean sweep for Piers Gilliver as Bath-based GB wheelchair fencers claim huge medal haul at IWASF World Cup in Thailand
University of Bath-based wheelchair fencers were in outstanding form at the IWASF World Cup in Thailand as they secured a huge haul of medals, including a golden clean sweep for Paralympic Champion Piers Gilliver.
He started a magnificent week by claiming his first-ever World Cup title in the Category A men’s foil, a discipline in which he is ranked 61st in the world, before emulating his Tokyo 2020 success by winning epee gold the following day.
Gilliver completed a hat-trick of individual titles by claiming the sabre crown on day three in Chon Buri before helping Great Britain win team gold in both the men’s sabre and mixed epee.
Joining Gilliver in the victorious men’s sabre squad were fellow Paralympic medallists Dimitri Coutya, who won individual gold in both the Category B foil and epee, and Oliver Lam-Watson, who won individual bronze in the Category A foil.
Coutya earned his fourth gold of the week in the mixed epee team along with Gilliver, Gemma Collis and Justine Moore.
It was a stunning return to the international stage for the GB squad, whose EIS World-Class Wheelchair Fencing programme is based at the Team Bath Sports Training Village. As well as winning nine medals between them at Tokyo 2020 last summer, the squad – coached by Peter Rome – also features two reigning World Champions in Coutya and Gilliver.
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