Golden hat-trick provides Bath-based wheelchair fencers with fillip before final countdown to Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

08 July 2024

University of Bath-based wheelchair fencers won five medals, three of them gold, when they visited Poland for the last IWASF World Cup competition before the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

A picture of University of Bath-based wheelchair fencing Dimitri Coutya who won gold and two bronze at the IWASF World Cup in Warsaw, Poland in July 2024.PICTURE CREDIT: Archive IKS-AWF, Adrian Stykowski
Dimitri Coutya won gold and two bronze in Warsaw. PICTURES: Archive IKS-AWF, Adrian Stykowski

Piers Gilliver (pictured top), whose aim in Paris is to win gold in both the Category A epee and sabre, did just that in Warsaw as he defeated Iraq’s Zainulab Al-Madhkhoori 15-12 and Italy’s Edoardo Giordan 15-9 in his respective finals.

Dimitri Coutya also won the Category B foil title in emphatic fashion, beating Ukraine’s Anton Datsko 15-3 in the final, after winning bronze in a hard-fought epee competition.

Coutya and Gilliver then teamed up with fellow Paris Paralympian Oliver Lam-Watson and Joshua Waddell to secure bronze in the men’s foil team event.

The fencers will now return to the Wheelchair Fencing National Training Centre at the Team Bath Sports Training Village for their final block of training before competing at the Paralympic Games from 3rd to 7th September.

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

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