Hungary's Amarilla Veres won the women's epée individual - Category A event in wheelchair fencing at the Tokyo Paralympics this Thursday. This is the first paralympic gold for Hungary in fencing since 1996.
In the final bout, she faced Jing Rong of China who took a 4-1 lead but the competitor came back to level the score at 10-all. After 11-11, it was only the Hungarian fencer who scored points and won the bout 15-11.
According to a report by the Hungarian state news agency MTI, Amarilla Veres, who was born with left-sided paralysis, fought very confidently and decisively in her group, beating her Japanese, British, Russian and Polish opponents, and only losing to a Chinese player, who then she beat in the final.
"It was a team effort, I couldn't have done it alone. In addition to the fencing coaches, I had the help of a strength coach, a dietician and a psychologist. That's why I came here, that's why I worked for the last five years. I managed to make Iván Kovács's tactics come true. We imagined how the final should look like, how it should be won, and we did it. I am very proud that I was able to execute perfectly what we had agreed beforehand. On the other hand, I got into the flow and just enjoyed fencing, and it was a combination of both of those things that we got to see,” she told the website of the Hungarian Paralympic Committee.
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