Fencing: China, South Korea take one title each at Asian Fencing Championships

China's Yu X.T. (left) and Korea's Yoon J. at the Asian Fencing Championships.
China's Yu X.T. (left) and Korea's Yoon J. at the Asian Fencing Championships.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - China and South Korea bounced back from shock defeats on Sunday to clinch a title each in the Asian Fencing Championships at OCBC Arena Hall 1 on Monday.

The two Asian powerhouses had slumped to surprise losses to Kazakhstan in the men's epee team competition on Sunday. On Monday night, however, the Chinese men's foil team - ranked fourth in the world - defeated fifth-ranked South Korea 45-31 in the final to retain their Asian title.

In the women's team epee event, however, South Korea turned the tables on China, who were the defending champions. Despite their world No. 8 ranking - four spots lower than the Chinese - the Koreans managed to triumph 45-40.

Said their coach Kang Jae Sung, 49: "They were in it to win from the start. We were more at peace and focused solely on playing our best instead. I think that's how we managed to overcome them."

The Singapore men's foil team, fresh from their SEA Games triumph, were placed sixth after losing to the Australians 42-44 in the fifth/sixth-placing match.

Meanwhile, the host's women's epee team, despite a strong opening bout in which they beat SEA Games champions Vietnam 45-32, eventually placed eighth.

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