Three golds among five-medal haul for Bath-based wheelchair fencers in last World Cup before Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

27 May 2024

The last international competition before the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games saw the University of Bath-based British Fencing squad win three gold medals and two silver at the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dimitri Coutya won double gold in the Category B foil and epee, overcoming China’s Benjun Qin in both finals – 15-11 and 15-13 respectively.

Training partner Piers Gilliver was also victorious in the Category A sabre, beating Italy’s Edoardo Giordan 15-6 to secure the title, but had to settle for silver in the epee after being edged out 15-14 by Matteo Dei Rossi in a nail-biting final.

Coutya and Gilliver finished the week by winning silver in the men’s epee team competition with Oliver Lam-Watson and Joshua Waddell, defeating France and Iraq en route to the final where they were beaten 45-37 by China.

The squad will now return to the Wheelchair Fencing National Training Centre, based at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, to continue their preparations for the Paralympic Games with the wheelchair fencing competition taking place in the Grand Palais from 3-7 September.

Click here to find out more about the wheelchair fencing programme at the University of Bath.

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