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More gold medals for Georgian wheelchair fencers
16 July, 2018
Irma Khetsuriani, a Georgian wheelchair fencer recently defeated Saysunee Jana of Thailand with a score of 15-10 in the Sabre category, at the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Warsaw, Poland (9-12July) to gain another gold medal (IWAS Senior world games). Her compatriot, Nini Tibilashvili also claimed a gold medal at the Wheelchair Fencing U23 World Championships in Warsaw too (IWAS Junior World games). She defeated Italy's Sofia Brunati with a score of 15:4 in the Sabre category. It is her second
title at the tournament.
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Irma Khetsuriani, Photo courtesy: www.agenda.ge

The young artists have claimed various awards and titles in Europe and world championships. Irma Khetsuriani was the first woman to become a member of the Georgian National Wheelchair Fencing team. In 2016, she was recognized as Paralympic female athlete of the year by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia.
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Nini Tibilashvili, Photo courtesy: www.kvira.ge

Following a gold medal in 2015, Irma Khetsuriani has collected gold medals at IWAS World Cup in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She has been involved in the sport since 2013. After two months of the very first trainings, she was already able to claim a bronze medal and to finish third at the international fencing competition in Canada. Nini Tibilashvili started fencing in 2015. She has been participating in all three categories: foil, sabre and epee (weapon type) fencing, while Irma Khetsuriani is a foil and sabre fencer.
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Georgian fencers Nini Tibilashvili and Irma Khetsuriani, photo courtesy: www.kvira.ge

The IWAS (International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation) Wheelchair Fencing World Cup is a competition between the world’s best wheelchair fencers from 26 countries. Men and women compete in their choice of two of the sports three weapons; foil, epee and sabre.


First photo courtesy: www.iwasf.com

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