Results Summary: IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup 2015 – Montreal, Canada
China and Russia top the medal table at first IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup of 2015 in Montreal, Canada.?
China and Russia top the medal table at IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup 2015
After a fantastic two days of competition at the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing America Championships it was Montreal, Canada again that hosted the first IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup of 2015 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games qualifying event.
In the Men’s Team Foil, China’s fencers defeated Russia 45-41 to take the gold leaving the bronze medal for Hong Kong. In the Women’s Team Épée, Dani, Krajnyak and Veres made up the Hungarian team that defeated France 39-27 for the gold, while Russia took the bronze.
In Mens Épée, Class A Roman Fedyaev of Russia took gold while Dimitri Coutya of Great Britain successfully defeated China’s Jianquan Tian 15-11 in the final of the Epee Class B competition. Women’s Foil saw Beatrice Vio of Italy take the Class B gold and Jing Rong add to China’s medal haul with victory in Class A Foil.
After four wins in the round robin competition, tendonitis put the brakes on Canadian athlete, Pierre Mainville’s World Cup medal hopes after being eliminated 15-5 by Russian Timur Khamatshin. “It’s tough to be in this situation, especially at home in front of friends and family,” commented Mainville, who will now take some time to rest and recover. “But, health comes first.”
China demonstrated its prowess earning 10 medals in individual events, including five gold medals in the Men’s Foil Class A (Ruyi Ye) and Class B (Daoliang Hu), and in Men’s Sabre Class A (Jianquan Tian), in the Women’s Épée Class B (Chuncui Zhang), and in the Women’s Foil Class A (Jing Rong).
Russia also took home 10 medals in total including one gold, four silver, and five bronze.
“Many Eastern European countries, as well as China and Hong Kong are extremely strong nations for fencing, and wheelchair fencing. There is an excellent depth of field in and training program for their national teams,” commented Sophie Belgodère from the Montreal World Cup Organizing Committee. “The reputation of the Montreal World Cup – now in its eleventh year – is renown at this point year after year the bar is raised as more quality, high-performance athletes attend.”
The next Wheelchair Fencing World Cup will take place in Pisa, Italy between 22 – 24 May.
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