Foil gold medallist on Tuesday (4 September), Yu Chi Yee of Hong Kong will be looking to double her medal total for London 2012 in the epee class category A.
Asia’s dominance is expected continue in the wheelchair fencing today, with medallists from Tuesday (4 September) events competing for further recognition. Today it is the turn of the epee class.
Men’s individual Epee
Fours years ago, China’s male athletes took half the medals in this event and once again will be looking to dominate the field. Tian Jianquan is China’s medal hope in the category A event.
Number 1 seed Dariusz Pender of Poland will have his sights set on a medal, with the rehearsal of a potential medal match between Pender and Jianquan happening in the Pool A.
The Frenchman, Romain Noble is the seeded second and the 32 year-old left-hander is likely to have a good chance of a medal.
Pender was consistent in the men’s individual foil category A, but small errors cost him in the quarter-finals: "It was a very close contest and tomorrow is a new day (Wednesday 5th)."
In the category B it reads a similar story. Ranked 16th in the world, China’s Hu Daoliang, who won gold in the foil event on Tuesday (4 September), faces a tough challenge in the preliminaries against world number 2 Marc-Andre Cratere; but don’t let that fool you. Reigning Olympic champion, quick and classy Daoliang is devastatingly brilliant.
Mikalai Bezyazych of Belarus is the ranked number 1 for this event and after a disappointing performance in the men’s foil on Day 1 of wheelchair fencing competition Asia’s dominance is expected continue in the wheelchair fencing on Wednesday (5 September), with medallists from Tuesday (4 September) events competing for further recognition. Today it is the turn of the eppee class.
Women’s individual Epee
Foil gold medallist on Tuesday (4 September), Yu Chi Yee of Hong Kong will be looking to double her medal total for London 2012 in the epee class category A. Yee’s first bout is against Sabrina Poignet of France, who she defeated comfortably in the foil quarter-finals 15-7.
Russia’s Yulia Efimova will be Yee’s biggest rival for the gold medal. She only made her debut in the sport last year in Malaga, and her progress has been very impressive.
Tuesday (4 September) foil individual category A bronze medallist, Zsuzsanna Krajnyak will be a medal hope for the Hungarians, while the bronze medallist of this event four years ago will also be another one to watch.
In category B, the foil silver meallist and surprise package Gyongyi Dani will be strong, along with the Thai athlete, Saysunee Jana.
But the out-right favourite, and after disappointment in the foil, Yui Chong Chan will be looking to definitely retain this gold medal. The Hong Kong athlete will be competitor everyone wants to avoid.