Judith Rodríguez, campeona de la Copa del Mundo

Judith Rodríguez, World Cup champion

Judith Rodríguez was proclaimed champion of the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, in épée, in what is the best result of Spanish Paralympic fencing in the last twelve years. In the first round, the Galician athlete recorded four wins and one loss and passed the group stage in which she was paired with the British Gemma Collis, the Thai Duean Nakprasit, the French Brianna Vide, the Brazilian Rudineia Manica and the South Korean Hyo Kyeong Kwon.

In the elimination rounds, she first beat the Brazilian Carminha Oliveira (15-5) and then the South Korean Seung Ri Shin (15-11), before getting rid of the British Gemma Collis (15-9) in the semifinals. In the final he beat Hyo Kyeong Kwon (15-13). Judith Rodríguez’s triumph in Sao Paulo represents the best result at the international level in Paralympic fencing in the last eleven years. Precisely the South Korean was the executioner of the other Spanish in competition, Begoña Garrido, who reached the round of 32 but fell 15-8 to Kwon.

In the first weapon of the World Cup, in foil, Judith Rodríguez finished fifth and Begoña Garrido twelfth. Judith Rodríguez suffered the amputation of her right leg in 2018 after suffering a traffic accident when she was returning home from participating in the Spanish Club Championship which was played in Boadilla del Monte (Madrid) and in which he had won the team silver.

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