This past weekend Cascais, Portugal, a national blind and wheelchair fencing competition was held with Hélder Farroba, Christophe Bouland and Silvia Tombolini coming away winners.
Hélder Farroba won the wheelchair fencing portion of the competition, after defeating teammate Jose Paulino 15 / 6 in the semifinal and then going on to beat João Campos 15 / 2 in the final. Paulino settled for third place after defeating Eduardo Martins 15 / 5 in the third place match.
Italian Silvia Tombolini came in first in the women’s blind fencing sword event, beating out countrywoman Simonetta Pizzuti in the final. French fencer Marie-Josée Felenz finished third after defeating her compatriot, Sellem Janila. Tombolini’s road to victory included beating Portuguese local Cristina Afonso in the quarterfinals, followed by beating Felenz 15 / 11, and then beating Pizzuti 15 / 13.
In men’s blind fencing, Frenchmen Christophe Bouland came in first after beating Jorge Leguisano 15 / 5 in the quarter finals. In the semifinals, he beat Italian fencer and eventual bronze medalist Tommaso Ferraro 15 / 11. He then beat fellow French fencer Robert Sellem 15 / 12 in the final.
The competition drew a number of international fencers, including some from France, Italy and Sweden. For junior national fencers, it was the third event of the season on the national circuit.