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Frenchman takes bronze in wheelchair fencing individual foil category B at London Paralympics


Men’s individual foil category B bronze medal bout Image: Laura Hale.


LondonEngland— In Tuesday night’s wheelchair fencing, at London’s ExCeL North Arena 2, men’s individual foil category B, Marco Cima of Italy faced Alim Latreche of France in the battle for the bronze. Latreche took the medal in a closely-contested match.

The final score was 15 to 11, with Cima leading up until the score was 5 to 4 in his favour. At that point, Latreche took a point, tying the scores, and went ahead on the next point. Whilst Cima was able pull the match back to a tie on both 7-7 and 8-8, he was unable to regain the lead. During the match, Cima incurred a yellow card.

Following his bronze medal finish, Latreche told media: “It’s my third Paralympic Games, but it’s my first medal. I have been dreaming of this for a long time.” He went on to say, “I was disappointed about my performance. He [Cima] was better then me. It’s a relief I got this medal. I had to hold on to win.” When asked about his plans following the Games, he responded: “This bronze medal is really keeping me motivated for the rest of the Paralympic Games. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. This medal is my reward for these Games but the competition doesn’t end here.”

Latreche competes again on Wednesday, in the men’s individual epee event. Fencing at the London Games ends on Saturday, with medal bouts being held every day until then.

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Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
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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