Gilliver focused on epee after sabre defeat
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.
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