By Ryan Quek/Fencing Singapore
Jurong East Sports and Cultural Centre, Friday, March 16, 2012 — Singapore fencers continued their strong medal run on day two of the Cadet World Cup by snatching three medals.
Joshua Lim, a secondary four student from Hwa Chong Insitution, beat Hong Kong’s Ryan Choi 15-12 in the Boy’s Foil final. Joshua, who prevailed 15-10 against Syed Emir Putra from Malaysia in the semi-finals, was delighted with his win from a pool of 59 fencers.
He said: “To win a medal is hugely satisfying after all the hard work I have been putting in from the start of the year so winning the gold was a great bonus! I hope to keep my good form going into the World Junior Championships at the end of the month.”
In the Girls’ Sabre event, Candice Lee took home the silver medal when she lost 10-15 to Yeung Ho Sze from Hong Kong in the final. Candice, 15, who was trailing for most of the match, managed to narrow the gap in the closing stages, but Yeung’s experience was enough to douse Candice’s comeback. Singapore’s Hanan Adnan and Hong Kong Lo Yui Kei settled for the bronzes.
Delighted with the day’s showing, Fencing Singapore’s Treasurer Juliana Seow said: “We are heartened to see that our young fencers are notching up good performances on a consistent basis and we hope to see them continue their medal run in the team events over the weekend.”
In the final event of the day, Anastasia Karpova held off the Hong Kong fencers to finish top of the pile by beating Jennifer Lee of Hong Kong in the Girls’ Epee final. Singapore’s Tasia Lee and Hong Kong’s Jacqueline Lee were the joint bronze winners.
Singapore currently has 2 golds, 2 silvers and 4 bronzes from the two days of individual events. Saturday and Sunday will be the team events, where Singapore will be aiming to add to the medal tally.