Rio 2016 Preview: Wheelchair Fencing

Photo: Marie-Lan Nguyen/WikimediaCommons

Sport: Wheelchair Fencing

Events: 12 (Seven men’s, five women’s)

Classification: Class A – Full trunk movement, good balance

Class B – No leg movement and impaired trunk and balance functions

Venue:  Youth Arena

Athlete Quota: 88

International Federation: International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS)

Preview

China are the dominant force in wheelchair fencing, which may come as a surprise to many unfamiliar with Wheelchair Fencing. The Chinese team won six of the 12 total gold medals, and could lay some claim to two more gold won by Hong Kong. Tijun Chen is the star of the team, winning two medals in London, a gold and a silver and will be looking to do one better in Rio.

Brazil will have one strong local hope with Jovane Silva Guissone coming in as the defending champion in the Men’s Epee Class B. France’s domination of the sport has long since come to an end but there are several events the French team will have hope in, especially on the men’s side.

Hong Kong’s Yu Chui Yee comes in as a double defending gold medalist in the Class A having won the Epee and the Foil events. But all eyes in the sport will be on China who look set to dominate the sport for yet another Games.

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