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Singapore fencers win historic silver at Junior World Cup

Singapore fencers win historic silver at Junior World Cup
The silver medal finish for 17-year-olds Darren Tan, Yeo Jing Zhe and Jonathan Au Eong represents the Republic’s all-time best showing on the prestigious circuit for any weapon. Photo: Yeo Siew Wan

Singapore fencers win historic silver at Junior World Cup

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s fencers broke through for their first-ever podium at the Junior World Cup  (JWC) circuit after the Men’s Foil Team finished runner-up to France in Bangkok on Sunday (Oct 8).

The silver medal finish for 17-year-olds Jonathan Au Eong, Darren Tan and Yeo Jing Zhe, represents the Republic’s all-time best showing on the prestigious circuit for any weapon.

The team started their day with a 45-34 win over the Netherlands in the quarter-finals before coming from behind to dispatch the USA 45-41 in the semi-finals.

A slow start in the final against France cost the team as they went on to lose 45-38. 

Singapore’s previous best result was a fourth place in 2015, also achieved by the Men’s Foil Team in Bangkok.

Singapore also achieved its best individual men’s result in Bangkok at the weekend when 15-year-old Kieren Lock reached the Round of 16 before losing 15-11 to American Marcello Olivares. 

Kieren’s 11th place finish comes two weeks after Kevin Chan achieved the previous best of 12th place in the opening leg of the JWC in London.

The busy weekend for Singapore’s fencers also saw sabre fencer Lau Ywen winning in Hong Kong at the LCSD Fencing Championships, which is a senior event.

Ywen, a gold medallist at the recent SEA Games, beat Hong Kong’s two-time Olympian and Asian Games silver medallist Au Sing Ying 15-13 in the semi-final before defeating another Hong Kong fencer Lam Hin Wai in the final, also by 15-13.

The Hong Kong event also saw Maxine Wong finishing runner-up in Women’s Foil and Cheryl Lim winning bronze in Women’s Epee.