Gilliver strikes double gold in Pisa22.03.2017
The British wheelchair fencer was among the Rio 2016 medallists to record their first wins of the season.
Great Britain’s Piers Gilliver came away with double victories, winning the men’s epee and sabre category A events. Silver medallist in the epee from Rio 2016, Gilliver defeated host nation’s Matteo Betti for the top of the podium. The 26-year-old then got the best of Ukraine’s No. 1 ranked and defending Paralympic gold medallist Andrii Demchuk, 15-9, in the sabre.
Poland’s Adrian Castro found his first victory of the season in Pisa. The reigning world champion and Paralympic bronze medallist held off Hungary’s Istvan Tarjanyi 15-12 for the gold medal in the men’s sabre category B. It was a refreshing win, as the 26-year-old Castro had taken runner-up at the last World Cup in Eger, Hungary.
Poland got two more medal toppers in Pisa. Teenager Alan Surajewski stunned the field in the men’s epee category B, as the 19-year-old defeated French Paralympic bronze medallist Yannick Ifebe 15-11.
Fellow Hungarian Gyongyi Dani defeated France’s Cecile Demaude for the women’s foil category B win. Demaude had to settle for second again in the epee, where she dropped to Ukraine’s Tetiana Pozniak.
The men’s Hungarian sabre team took a narrow 45-44 win over Italy for the top prize.
The next IWAS World Cup will be from 28 June -3 July in Warsaw, Poland.