Singapore's SEA Games champion fencers picked up valuable experience and Olympic qualifying points at the Asian Fencing Championships (AFC) this week but the medals proved beyond their reach.
The sport's powerhouses China, South Korea and Japan dominated the podiums over six days of high quality action which concluded on Monday at the OCBC Arena at the Sports Hub.
Singapore's Cheryl Wong Ye Han (R) in action on Tuesday. Photo: Sport Singapore
For Singapore, though, there were a number of key victories and notable upsets which bode well for the future.
On Sunday, the women's sabre team claimed a highly credible fifth place after beating SEA Games gold medallists Vietnam in a playoff.
Teenager Lau Ywen, who won bronze in the individual sabre at the SEA Games earlier this month, scoring the winning point as the Singaporeans avenged the SEA Games semi-final loss to their regional foe.
"A fifth-place finish for a young team like ours is wonderful," Singapore sabre head coach Andras Decsi.
The Singapore men's foil team, who won gold at the SEA Games, finished sixth at the AFC on Monday after losing in the quarter-finals to eventual winners China.
The men just missed out on also grabbing a fifth place finish but were beaten 44-42 by Australia in the playoff.
SEA Games individual foil champion Wang Wenying finished 11th on Saturday as she was beaten in the round of 16 by Hong Kong's Lin Po Heung.
Singapore's Wang Wenying after her match on Tuesday. Photo: Sport Singapore
Wang had set herself a target of top eight finish to help claim valuable points in the race to qualify for next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
She is fourth on 15 points in her race to grab one of two spots in Brazil from a rankings system. Lin' heads it with 23 points, while Japan's Shiho Nishioka is second on 17. There are more than 10 qualifying events left.
Wang Wenying in action during the tournament. Photo: Sport Singapore
Wang then teamed up with the rest of the Singapore women's foil side to finish fifth in the final day of action on Tuesday following a quarter-final loss to Japan.