Szekeres shapes as fencer to beat

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 March, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 March, 1994, 12:00am

FORMER Olympic bronze medallist Pal Szekeres is hotly tipped to win the men's individual foil tournament at the World Wheelchair Fencing Championships which swing into action today at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

Szekeres, who is Hungary's sole representative in Asia's first world sporting championship for the disabled, won a bronze medal as a member of the Hungarian squad in the foil team event at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

Szekeres was involved in a serious traffic accident in 1989 which left him paralysed from the waist down but his love for fencing did not fade and he went on to win a gold medal at the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona.

The Hungarian, who will also take part in the individual sabre event, is in good form and is projected to meet Hong Kong's Raymond Chan Sze-kit in today's final - a repeat of the final of the 1992 Paralympics.

A record 80 fencers are competing.

in the championships and Hong Kong will be hoping to improve on their two golds and two silvers won at the last championships in The Netherlands four years ago.

Fencers from Argentina, Australia, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Britain, Kuwait and Iraq are competing in the tournament held every four years.

Hong Kong have an 11-strong squad - eight men and three women - and are confident of getting among the medals in the five-day tournament.