Wheelchair Fencing Preview: Day One @ Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Day One: Men's Individual Sabre, Category A & B
Competing for medals on day one are the male sabre fencers.
Having defeated Chen in the final at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in September, Tian knows what it takes to beat the world No. 1 and will aim to reclaim the title he won in Beijing.
Looking to prevent an all-Chinese final is Ukraine’s Andrii Demchuk. The reigning European champion competed with the foil and epee at London 2012, but has since switched to become a sabre specialist.
Another Ukrainian hoping to secure a place on the podium is Anton Datsko, who will compete in the men’s sabre category B event. Datsko won silver with the foil at London 2012, but is perhaps better known for his abilities in the sabre competition, where he is the reigning World and European champion.
Vying with Datsko for gold will be Polish world No. 1 Adrian Castro and his countryman Grzegorz Pluta. Pluta is the defending London 2012 champion, though he has not won a major title since the World Cup event in Hong Kong in December 2013.
Daily schedules and lives results can be followed here.
Credit: Mike Stuart for IPC