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Britain’s Matthew Campbell-Hill finishes 19th and Dan Smith finishes 22nd at IWASF wheelchair fencing Grand Prix

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In Hong Kong earlier today on the third and final day of competition, Matthew Campbell-Hill finished 19th and Dan Smith finished 22nd at IWASF wheelchair fencing Grand Prix. Campbell-Hill’s 19th place came in the Men’s Cat A Sabre event. Smith’s placement was in the Men’s Cat B Sabre.  He failed to make the cut for the placement round.



The British sent a six strong team to Hong Kong. Campbell-Hill is the captain of Great Britain men’s wheelchair fencing team, and is hoping to make the cut for the 2016 Summer Paralympics.  This competition was about getting additional qualifying points for Rio.


On the second day of competition, British fencers had slightly more success with Piers Gilliver claiming fold in the Men’s Cat A Epee event, after defeating Chinese fencer Sun in the final.  In his route to gold, he also beat Hong Kong’s Yiu, France’s Citerne, Italy’s Macro, and China’s Tian. Campbell-Hill had a 30th place finish in the Men’s Cat A Epee event, after winning against Hong Kong’s Tam before going down to China’s Tian. Dimitri Coutya finished fifth for Great Britain, after defeating Belarus’s Pranevich before losing to Hong Kong’s Tam in the the Men’s Cat B Epee event. Dan Smith finished 22nd in the Men’s Cat B Epee after losing to Poland’s Lewonowski. Gemma Collis finished 10th in the Women’s Cat A Epee event after losing to South Korea’s Kim. Gabi Down finished 17th after losing to Hong Kong’s Ng.


On the first day of competition, Gilliver finished eleventh after beating a South Korea fencer only to go down to Poland’s Pender in the round of 16 in the Men’s Cat A Foil event. Dimitri Coutya finished 15th in the Men’s Cat B Foil event where he defeated a South Korea in the round of 32 before losing to a Chinese fencer in the round of 16. Down finished 19th in the Women’s Cat A Foil after she losing to a South Korean fencer. Collis finished 20th because she failed to make the cut to compete in the Women’s Cat A Foil  event.




Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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