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Hungarian Richard Osvath defeats Damien Tokatlian of France for wheelchair fencing bronze

Men’s individual foil cat-A bronze medal bout and individual foil cat-B bronze medal bout Image: Laura Hale.

French supporters cheering for Tokatlian Image: Laura Hale.

LondonEngland— Tuesday night at London’s ExCeL North Arena 2, Richard Osvath of Hungary defeated Damien Tokatlian of France in the men’s individual foil category A bronze medal bout in the first wheelchair fencing medal matches of the London Paralympics Games. The Hungarian won by a score of 15 to 7 in a match where both players earned yellow cards and the judges spent time consulting mid-match.

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Both competitors had enthusiastic supporters in the stadium, who cheered them on and waved large flags. Tokatlian earned loud cheers from the French sections of the crowd while Hungarian fans cheered Osvath by name. After the announcement that Osvath won bronze, a number of the fans stood and cheered.

Following his medal win, the Szamarnemeti native told the media, “It’s a good beginning for my first Paralympics. When I got into the top four I was happy. The medal is a bonus.” He described how he won by saying, “I tried to stab him very quickly and I did it 15 times.”

London Paralympic fencing ends Saturday with medal bouts being held every day until then.


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Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 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.

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