SINGAPORE fencer Jet Ng finished fifth among over 90 other athletes from around the world in the FIE Cadet and Junior World Championships 2015 in Tashkent,Uzbekistan on Thursday.
The result is a breakthrough for the sport as it is the highest-ever finish by a Singaporean fencer in the international tournament.
The 17-year-old from the Z Fencing International Academy competed in the cadet men's foil competition, emerging victorious in five five-point matches and four 15-point matches in the preliminaries.
In the direct elimination round, Jet overcame British fencer Daniel Kiss, South Africa's Pavel Tychler and Egypt's Youssef Eid to reach the quarter-finals, before eventually falling to Hungarian Tamas Meszaraos by 3-15.
The championship, which will see fencers competing in two age categories - cadets up to 17 years old, and juniors up to 20 years old - is the focal point of the season for young athletes from around the world. It will end on next Thursday.