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.