Guissone aims to get back to his best at Americas Championships
Brazilian wheelchair fencing star Jovane Guissone says he never enters a competition without having a medal on his mind.
By Marianna Strunnikova | For IWAS
The 2018 season has been rich with podium positions but Brazil’s Jovane Guissone is not slowing down in the run-up to the 2018 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sport (IWAS) Wheelchair Fencing Americas Championships from 16-16 September in Saskatoon, Canada.
Guissone, a Paralympic champion from London 2012, currently sits in the top three of the men’s epee category B world rankings after some encouraging results so far in 2018.
“I got off to a great start this season with six medals in four international competitions and I am currently at the top of the world ranking,” Guissone said. “I feel like our work has paid off, but I am still far from reaching my goals for this season. I definitely feel the obligation to win and to perform well.”
Guissone’s’ best result this season is silver in the epee at the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Montreal, Canada, in April. He also grabbed bronze in the foil. The month before he won two bronze medals in epee and foil at the World Cup in Pisa, Italy, and began the season with two bronze medals in Eger, Hungary.
The upcoming IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Americas Championships is putting pressure on the Brazilian, as the current Americas champion in the foil and the epee silver medallist.
Now the 35-year-old is training hard not only to retain his title but also to perform well in another discipline – sabre. Competing in all the three weapons is a serious challenge that requires special preparation and complete determination.
“I am focused on my physical condition,” Guissone said. “I have dropped 12kg, so I expect to be faster this year. I also have new staff working with me. I try not to focus a lot on my opponents, for as my preparation, I have worked hard to be prepared.”
Best known as the only Brazilian to have won Paralympic gold in wheelchair fencing at London 2012, Guissone does not hide having an ambition to add another important medal to his haul:
“I would love to win a second Paralympic medal. It is definitely my goal.”
The 2018 IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Americas Championships will take place from 13-16 September in Saskatoon, Canada. Live results will be available here.