Wheelchair National Championships finalists Melissa Chandler (right) and Shelby Jensen are among Team USA's top contenders for women's saber positions at the 2020 Paralympic Games.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The International Paralympic Committee has announced that women’s saber will be contested at the Paralympic Games for the first time in history at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
The news includes both Category A and B events and means that an equal number of men’s and women’s wheelchair fencing events will be held for the first time in the history of the Games.
A total of 16 medals will be on the line in Tokyo, including competition for Category A and B fencers in all three weapons as well as team events in epee and foil for both men and women.
Wheelchair fencing was one of only four sports to earn additional medal allocations for the Tokyo Games.
Women’s saber has been contested in the past on the World Championship and World Cup level with 2012 Paralympian Cat Bouwkamp (Fishers, Ind.) winning bronze at the 2013 Worlds. Team USA also has had success in women’s saber on the World Cup circuit with four-time Paralympian Andrea DeMello (New York City, N.Y.) and Melissa Chandler (Salt Lake City, Utah) winning medals at the 2016 Montreal Wheelchair World Cup.
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