China came away with eight gold medals of a total 14 available to dominate wheelchair fencing’s Laval World Cup stage in Canada. The Club d’Escrime Montmorency, based in the Montreal suburb, hosted the last World Cup event of the season to count towards Paralympics qualification on April 28-May 1.
As usual, medals were on offer in two categories for each weapon for the individual disciplines, and two more medals were up for grabs in the team competitions. China was just one short of the four-gold sweep in the foil and epee, with the other victories going to Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Georgia and Russia.
SUN Gang (CHN) - Foil men, category A
HU Daoliang (CHN) - Foil men, category B
RONG Jing (CHN) - Foil women, category A
VIO Beatrice Maria (ITA) - Foil women, category B
SUN Gang (CHN) – Epee men, category A
HU Daoliang (CHN) - Epee men, category B
BIAN Jing (CHN) – Epee women, category A
BRIESE-BAETKE Simone (GER) – Epee women, category B
CHEN Yijun (CHN) – Sabre men, category A
SARRI Alessio (ITA) - Sabre men, category B
BREUS Yevheniia (UKR) – Sabre women, category A
KHETSURIANI Irma (GEO) - Sabre women, category A
Teams: RUSSIA (epee men), CHINA (foil women>
China (8 Gold, 4 Silver, 6 Bronze medals)
Italy (2 Gold, 0 Silver, 3 Bronze medals)
Russia (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze medals)
Ukraine (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze medals)
Seven of an athlete’s top ten results from the World Cup circuit count towards their Paralympic ranking. The Laval World Cup was organized by the Club d’Escrime Montmorency and sanctioned by the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sport Federation, with FIE and IWFC competition rules in force.
The 2016 anti-doping outreach programme took place during the Junior and Cadet World Fencing Championships in Bourges from 2 to 6 April 2016, providing an ideal opportunity to share information and educational material with young fencers and their entourage from many different countries.
The outreach stand was kindly made available near the main entrance to the fencing venue by the French Fencing Federation’s local Organising Committee.
Many Cadet and Junior fencers (as well as some coaches) participated in the computer-based WADA “Play True” Quiz game which traditionally forms the backbone of this outreach event.
Altogether 350 participants (306 fencers, 36 coaches, 8 officials) took part in this successful Outreach programme. The fencers were expressly encouraged to copy and share the information with their fellow fencers, coaches and officials on their return home, thereby helping to spread the anti-doping message throughout the fencing world.