AG2018: Singapore bags first ever fencing team medal at Asiad
23 August 2018
Team Singapore fencers Amita Berthier, Maxine Wong, Tatiana Wong and Melanie Huang claimed Singapore’s first-ever team medal after losing to China 14-45 in the women’s foil team semi-final at the 2018 Asian Games. This also marks Team Singapore's 200th Asian Games medal in history!
The quartet won a joint bronze medal with South Korea as there are no third-place playoffs in Indonesia.
Team Singapore fencer Amita Berthier. Photo: Sport Singapore
After beating Chinese Taipei 45-19 to advance into the semi-finals, they fell to a much more experienced Chinese team whose fencers are ranked an average of 126 places above the Singaporeans.
This medal is also Singapore’s second ever fencing medal in the Asiad. The first medal came from Lim Wei Wen in Incheon 2014 where he won a bronze in the men’s individual epee.
“It’s essentially a milestone in each of our careers... It’s the first [fencing] medal for Singapore. We were trying to be on the podium today and we managed to do that,” said Amita, clearly delighted at winning what was also Singapore 200th Asian Games medal.
“We gave a hundred per cent. When we entered the competition hall, we decided to beat Taipei and do whatever it takes to get on the podium. That’s the mentality that all of us had.”
“The best part was that we worked as a team and the team chemistry was there. We just gave our hearts and souls and put everything into it and it turned out well for us.”
Amita Berthier celebrates during the 2018 Asian Games. Photo: Sport Singapore
Things got a bit hairy for Singapore during the quarterfinal match against Chinese Taipei, but Amita stepped up her game and picked up a monster 17-2 win over Yang Ching-man in the fifth bout which left Chinese Taipei in the dust.
“The score was pretty tight then and I felt like I had a role to play in that situation. Everybody was nervous because our medal was at stake and Taipei wanted the medals as much as we did,” the 17-year-old.
“That was the best match for me to break Taipei so I decided to give my hundred per cent. My coach told me if you can reach 25 which was the maximum point limit for that match, just do it because the gap would be much bigger and it would be harder for them to come back.”
“All of us had a part to play. Without their support, I don’t think I would be able to do it.”
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