Fencing: Wang Wenying's Rio Olympics dream ends in qualifiers

Singapore fencer Wang Wenying failed in her bid to qualify for the Olympic Games after she was knocked out of the Asia and Oceania Zonal Qualifiers.
Singapore fencer Wang Wenying failed in her bid to qualify for the Olympic Games after she was knocked out of the Asia and Oceania Zonal Qualifiers. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - National fencer Wang Wenying failed in her bid to qualify for the Olympic Games after she was knocked out of the Asia and Oceania Zonal Qualifiers.

The Singaporean lost 14-15 to Malaysian Natasha Ezzra Abu Baker in the round of 16 in the women's foil event in Wuxi, China.

The result was an upset as Wang is ranked No. 56 in the world while her opponent is ranked No. 141. Wang entered the tournament as the third highest-ranked fencer in the 14-strong field. Only two (Japan's Shiho Nishioka at No. 49 and Hong Kong's Lin Po Heung at No. 54) are placed higher than Wang.

Wang, last year's SEA Games gold medallist, needed to finish in the top three at the qualifiers to make it to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The event was the last chance for her to qualify for the Summer Games.