China dominate wheelchair fencing World Cup in Amsterdam

Shumei Tan reaches fantastic five as first World Cup of the 2019-2020 season gets underway 19 Nov 2019
Two male Chinese wheelchair fencers battling on the piste
China rolled over their success from the 2019 World Championships into November's World Cup opener
ⒸEva Pavia Gomez | For IWAS

Chinese fencers left the 2019 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with six gold medals between 14-17 November, as athletes began the 2019-2020 season in their final build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

World champion Shumei Tan beat Thailand’s Saysunee Jana 15-13 in the women’s epee category B, bringing her number of World Cup wins to five.

There was also success for China in the women’s epee category A and men's sabre A finals, through Jing Rong and Jianquan Tian respectively.

Rong defeated compatriot Xufeng Zou, the reigning world and Paralympic champion, 15-11 to secure victory in the epee.

Tian, meanwhile, overcame Ukraine’s Andrii Demchuk 15-9 to clinch top honours in the sabre.

Sun Gang added to the Chinese golden haul in dramatic fashion, defeating Hungary’s Richard Osvath 15-14 in the men's foil category A.

China’s success also extended into both team women’s epee and men’s foil events.

Hat-trick for Great Britain

Dimitri Coutya starred for Great Britain, the hosts of next year’s European Championships.

The world champion topped the men’s epee category B podium after easing past Russia’s Alexander Kuzyukov, then overcame China’s Paralympic silver medallist Daoliang Hu in the men’s foil category B final.

Piers Gilliver followed on from his first world title in September, winning the men’s epee category A.

Italy double-up

In the women's sabre category B Rossanna Pasquino shocked Chinese world champion Tan. with a 15-7 scoreline. 

Paralympic champion Beatrice Vio took her latest gold in the women’s foil B, maintaining her nearly year-long unbeaten run in the weapon.

Vio dominated the gold-medal match against China’s Zhou Jingjing, with the Italian winning 15-4.

Best of the rest

Poland’s Kinga Drozdz secured her second women’s sabre A World Cup win of 2019.

Drozdz topped Hungary’s Andrea Hajmasi for gold, while Greece's Panagiotis Triantafyllou emerged as the gold medallist in the men's sabre category B.

Hungary's Zsuzsanna Krajnyak triumphed in the women’s foil A, after overcoming Ukraine's Nataliia Morkvych  by three touches in the final.

Fencers will have a break but will resume the World Cup calendar in Eger, Hungary, from 14-16 February.

More on the 2019 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Amsterdam is available on IWAS’ website.