Russia won three golds at the IWAS European Wheelchair Fencing Championships in Terni today  ©IWAS

Russia dominated the day’s proceedings at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) European Wheelchair Fencing Championships in Terni in Italy as they earned three gold medals.

Ksenia Ovsyannikova was an individual winner in the women’s foil C category at the PalaDeSantis as she defeated Hanna Pashkova of Ukraine 15-10, and there were further successes for Russia’s fencers in the men’s foil and women’s épée  team events.

Ovsyannikova had ended the ambitions of home fencer Consuelo Nora with a 15-6 win in the semi-finals, while Pashkova reached the final with a 10-8 win over Germany’s Ulrike Lotz-Lange.

The final in the men’s épée C category will be contested by Pashkova’s compatriot Serhii Shavkun, who beat home fencer Martino Seravalli 15-4 in the semi-final, and Latvia’s Dmitrijs Valainis, who progressed thanks to a 15-11 win over Zsolt Szarvas of Hungary.

Following a 45-20 win over Belarus in the semi-final of the women’s épée team event, overall victory was confirmed with a 45-32 result in the final against Ukraine, who had earlier beaten Poland 45-44 in a hugely competitive semi-final.

Belarus knocked out the hosts 45-25 in the first round, and they won the third-place match against Poland by 45-39.

In the men’s foil team event, Russia beat France 45-24 in the final, having earned a narrow semi-final victory over the hosts by 45-43.