Hosts Italy celebrated double gold today at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) European Wheelchair Fencing Championships in Terni.
On the penultimate day of compettion at the PalaDeSantis, the home team earned a 45-37 win over Poland in the men’s team sabre event, having edged past Ukraine 45-41 in the semi-final.
The Ukrainians claimed bronze with a 45-38 win over Greece.
Italy also claimed gold in the women’s team foil event with a 45-32 win over Russia, having beaten Ukraine 45-28 in the semi-final.
🇮🇹 Marco Cima says his team are "not afraid of anyone" after the hosts claim double team gold on penultimate day of European Championships in Terni! #Terni2018 👉 https://t.co/C7rflCtdCP pic.twitter.com/JtfhDa3Ovu— Wheelchair Fencing (@IWASFencing) September 22, 2018
Hungary earned bronze with a 45-40 win over the Ukrainians.
With three out of the four semi-finalists in the men’s foil C category there were high hopes for further home success.
But it was the odd man out – Serhii Shavkun of Ukraine – who prevailed as he beat Italy’s Martino Seravalli 15-5 in the final having beaten his compatriot William Russo 15-13 in the previous round.
Seravalli had progressed with a 15-4 win over fellow countryman Matteo Adesso.
Germany took gold in the women’s epee C class as Ulrike Lotz-Lange beat Italy’s Consuelo Nora 15-9 having battled past Russia’s women's foil C individual champion Ksenia Ovsyannikova 15-12 in the semi-final.