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Strong turnout as fencers aim for SEA Games spot

2010 Commonwealth Fencing Championships silver medallist Lim Wei Wen was stunned by his semi-final lost (Photo: SSC File Photo)

With the Southeast Asian (SEA) games fast approaching, the National Fencing Trials 2011 saw a strong turnout as local fencers battled for coveted national points and the chance to be on the plane to Indonesia come November.
 
Having already disposed of national number one Lim Wei Wen in the semi-finals, Men’s epee Wang Zhi Hua showed true grit and determination as he overcame severe cramps to follow up his stunning victory in the semis by dispatching Samson Lee in the finals with a score of 15-10. An exhausted Zhihua said after the finals, “The long day of competition eventually caught up with me but I’m very pleased to have pulled through. This win will give me a big boost to train and compete hard, in order to make the team for SEA Games.”
 
While the epee category saw Zhihua display his tremendous mental strength, the men’s foil category saw a very one sided finals as 2010 South-East Asian Fencing Federation Championship Junior gold medallist Tan Yuan Zi disposed of last year’s Youth Olympic Games(YOG) representative, Justin Ong with relative ease.
 
In another one sided final, the women’s sabre event saw Lewina Lee beat Yeo Mei Li, currently a student at Meridian Junior College, 15-9. Over in the men’s sabre category, the finals saw two national teammates Clive Leu and Ernest Chua battling each other with Clive getting the better of his teammate with a score of 15-13.
 
Also winning by a close margin with the exact same score was Cheryl Lim, who beat her national teammate Ann Karin Melbye 15-13 in the women’s epee category. Finally in the women’s foil event, Asian Junior Fencing Championships silver medallist Cheryl Wong had to put family ties aside as she came up against her sister Liane Wong in the finals. The close fought battle saw Cheryl narrowly edging out her sister with a score of 15-13.
 

The large turnout and strong performance of the fencers certainly spells good news for Singapore’s quest for gold at the SEA games. Fencing Singapore’s Treasurer Lin Qinghui added, “The strong performance of our national fencers augurs well in their preparations for the SEA Games in November. We were also delighted to see our younger fencers step up and deliver impressive results against more senior opponents”.