Singapore’s fencers thrilled the sold-out crowd at OCBC Arena Hall 2 on the first day of competition as they claimed three finals spots, resulting in their first ever individual gold medal and a medal haul including two silvers and one bronze medal.
Fencing medallists from left: Choy Yu Yong (Men’s Sabre, Silver), Wang Wen Ying (Women’s Foil, Gold), Samson Lee (Men’s Epee, Bronze), Lim Wei Wen (Men’s Epee, Silver) photo credit: Jaclynn Seah
Samson Lee and Lim Wei Wen were the first to land semi-final spots in men’s epee, but both were defeated by traditional fencing powerhouse Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Nhat in the semi-finals and finals respectively. Choy Yu Yong’s SEA Games debut in men’s sabre saw him meet another Vietnamese top seed Vu Thanh An, to whom he lost 11-15.
It was veteran women’s foilist Wang Wen Ying who swept the competition and decisively won her final match against Justine Gail Tinio from the Philippines 15-7, earning herself the individual gold medal that has long eluded Singapore.
Lim Wei Wen raising an appreciative hand to the crowd after losing the men’s epee finals. Photo credit: Seah Junwei
Lim Wei Wen was effusive about the strong support that the Singapore crowd has shown, with all tickets for fencing sold out and a large home crowd cheering them on, “99% of my strength comes from them - to say thank you is an understatement. I’m grateful that we have the chance to show what fencing is about, that our team is strong, and I am definitely looking forward to the upcoming team event on 6th June.”
Thailand jubilant after beating Myanmar today 71-26. Photo credit: Gavin Lee
Next door in Hall 1, netball continued its preliminary matches, where Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand won their respective matches, with one final day tomorrow before the semi-finals on 6th June.
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