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Chinese have the cutting edge in wheelchair fencing

China`s Ye Ruyi (right) fights Poland`s Stefan Makowski in wheelchair fencing men`s individual foil category A preliminary pool C competition. Ye later won the gold in the final. [China Daily]

Chinese fencers, both from the mainland and Hong Kong, dominated the first competition day of wheelchair fencing on Sunday.

Ye Ruyi and Hu Daoliang won gold in the men`s individual foil category A and B respectively, while Chan Yui Chong of Hong Kong, China, defended her Athens title in the women`s individual foil at the National Convention Center.

European favorites were largely upset yesterday with a lone competitor, Frenchman Laurent Francois, advancing to one of the three fencing finals before losing to China`s Hu Daoliang in the final of the men`s individual foil in category B.

"Hu was much stronger than me today and his performance was simply great," Francois acknowledged after winning the silver.

Hungarian star Pal Szekeres won a bronze in the same category.

But favorites Alim Latreche and defending champion Hui Charn Hung, from Hong Kong, were both knocked out in the quarterfinals.

In the men`s foil category A competitions, Team China secured a gold medal before the final when Ye Ruyi and Zhang Lei both defeated their rivals in the semis.

Bronze went to Poland`s Dariusz Pender.

Hong Kong`s Chan Yui Chong made it back-to-back Paralympic with gold in the women`s foil.

She defeated Chinese fencers Ye Hua and Yao Fang in her final two bouts to take the title.

Yao and Ye won silver and bronze.

Date:2008-9-15 12:46:00     
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