Bath Chronicle

Gilliver focused on epee after sabre defeat

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A disappoint­ed Piers Gilliver immediatel­y turned his focus to the epee after a frustratin­g morning in the sabre for Paralympic­sgb’s wheelchair fencing stars.

Gilliver was eliminated from the men’s sabre A at the round of 16 stage following a gruelling contest with China’s Li Hao at the Makuhari Messe in Tokyo.

The 26-year-old from Gloucester went down 15-12 to Li after emerging from Pool 3 thanks to victories over France’s Romain Noble (5-0) and Russian Paralympic Committee’s Nikita Nagaev (5-2), despite defeats to Artem Manko of Ukraine (5-2) and China’s Tian Jianquan (5-0).

Gilliver returns to the piste on Thursday for the epee discipline, where he’ll look to go one better than the silver medal he claimed in Rio five years ago.

“I am very disappoint­ed with today because it was a tough draw in the eliminatio­n round after the pool matches didn’t really go as I’d hoped,” admitted Gilliver.

“I fought well, and I just managed to miss out, which is tough to take.

“Now I must put it behind me and get focused on tomorrow as the epee is my stronger event.

“I am confident I can put in a good performanc­e.”

Compatriot and fellow Bath trainer Dimitri Coutya is also in action today.

For more Paralympic­s news, turn to page 46

 ?? PICTURE: imagecomms/paralympic­sgb/pa Wire. ?? Piers Gilliver (left) competes in the Individual Sabre A during day one of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
PICTURE: imagecomms/paralympic­sgb/pa Wire. Piers Gilliver (left) competes in the Individual Sabre A during day one of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

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