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GB's Coutya powers to double world title

GB's Coutya powers to double world title

Great Britain's Dimitri Coutya produced a superb performance at the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Championships to end his wait for gold in style.

The 20-year-old triumphed in both the epee and foil events to cement his place as world number one in the rankings after taking silver at the 2015 worlds.

Coutya tested the nerves of his supporters to the limit, coming through a thrilling semi-final against Poland’s Jacek Gaworski 15-14 before putting in an accomplished display to overcome second seed Anton Datsko of Ukraine 15-9 in the final of the foil event.

There was more drama the following day as Coutya saw off Iraq’s defending world champion Ali Ammar 15-12 in the semi-final and then went on to claim a last-gasp 15-14 victory over home favourite Alessio Sarri.

Meanwhile, RIo silver medalist Piers Gilliver surpassed expectations to take the silver medal in the epee, just losing out to Maxim Shaburov in the final

A day earlier, Gilliver won bronze in his first season as a sabreur, losing 15-9 again to Shaburov, but the Brit will no doubt be pleased with his efforts in Rome.