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Our women’s foil team consisting of Wang Wenying, Ruth Ng, Joan Ang and Cheryl Wong (left to right) bagged the republic’s second gold in this competition. (Photo: Fencing Singapore)
 
The first day of team competition at the Fencing Singapore International 2011 saw Singapore fencers pick up 1 gold, 2 silvers and 1 bronze to add to the 7 medals garnered in the individual events over the past two days.

The women’s foil team of Ruth Ng, Wang Wenying, Cheryl Wong and Joan Ang dominated the final against the Macau team to bag the second gold for the republic in this competition. The Singapore team never looked in trouble from start to finish and won the match 44-25.  The men’s epee team comprising Lim Weiwen, Samson Lee, Mikail Ling and Wang Zhihua put up a spirited fight against the Hong Kong team in the semi finals to win by a score of 45-36 and eventually qualified for the finals. In the finals however, the formidable Chinese proved too strong for Singapore and the team had to settle for the silver medal after losing 45-26. Coach Zhao Zhizhong was satisfied with his charges performances in this competition. He said: “ The boys fenced reasonably well today and there was no shame losing to the Chinese team, who were a class above the rest.” On the team’s prospects in the upcoming SEA Games, Zhao said: “ Some of our fencing today was very encouraging to see and with a few more months of hard work, I am confident the we will do well”.

Earlier in the day, Ann Lee, Sharmaine Cheung, Felicia Yam and Charlotte Teo also came unstuck against the Chinese in the final of the women’s sabre team event. Despite the efforts of team captain Ann, the young team was unable to pose a serious challenge to Chinese team, eventually losing 45-17. Ann, also a silver medallist in the individual event said: “The team is young but I’m confident we will learn our lessons very quickly in the next few months in order to achieve our SEA Games targets”. Securing a bronze medal for the men’s sabre team was Clive Leu, Muhd Farhan, Derrick Liao and Ernest Chua who lost 45-24 in the semi finals to the Chinese team.

With two more team events to go in the final day of the Fencing Singapore International, Singapore teams look on track to pick up a few more medals in the Men’s Foil and Women’s Epee team events.

Fencing Singapore International (FSI) 2011 is hosting close to 400 top fencers from around the world battling over four days of intense competition. The FSI is into its eighth year, and will be held at the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), co-organiser for the first time, from Aug 4 - 7. Entry to the event is free and the final day of the team events is on 7 August (9am - 330pm). More information is available on the event website www.fsi.org.sg.