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Incheon Daily: No disappointment

23 September, 2014   Simon Evans

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Team Singapore's Lim Wei Wen in action against Kuwait's Hasan Fahed during the Men's Epee Team round of 16 (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)

 

Team Singapore’s men’s epee team put up a tremendous fight but narrowly lost out on a quarterfinal place after Kuwait beat them 35-34 in a tense encounter on Tuesday.

The team of Willie Khoo, Lim Wei Wen and Samson Lee never allowed the Kuwaitis to get away from them and the match was tied at 26-26 going into the final bout. Individual men’s epee Bronze medallist Lim lost out by just a point to Faesal Ashkanani, but the man who produced Singapore’s first medal at these games refused to be downhearted despite the loss.

“We had a very good strategy beforehand but Kuwait played very well, I am very happy for them and wish them good luck. What we achieved today was tons of strategy, tons of experience and our communications were a great. We feel that this was a boost for our team. We got beaten up badly but all the damage will make us stronger,” said Lim.

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Team Singapore's Lim Wei Wen in action against Kuwait's Hasan Fahed during the Men's Epee Team round of 16 (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)

 

“I don’t see anyone here disappointed – we have fire in our hearts, we will bring it back and make it even stronger. We will prepare for the SEA Games in our homeland,” he added.

Every time the Kuwaitis opened up an advantage in the match, Team Singapore’s fencers fought back to stay in the match and Lim said that was a sign of their character.

“That is the beautiful part – I didn’t see anyone giving up. The team spirit was there – to keep going and keep fighting. And we knew what we were fighting for - we were fighting for our country, for our supporters and for ourselves.”

Team Singapore's women’s foil team will take on Japan in a quarterfinal match on Wednesday.

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