SEA Games: Lim Wei Wen makes epee final; could win first-ever men's Games fencing gold

Malaysia's Mohamad Roslan Mohamed (left) competes with Singapore's Lim Wei Wen (right) in their men's individual epee round of 16 fencing match during the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 3, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Malaysia's Mohamad Roslan Mohamed (left) competes with Singapore's Lim Wei Wen (right) in their men's individual epee round of 16 fencing match during the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 3, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Lim Wei Wen could deliver Singapore's first men's fencing gold medal at the SEA Games on Wednesday, with the hosts on course to bag three at the end of the night.

Lim defeated Thailand's Chamcharern Panthawit 15-14 in the semi-finals of the men's epee competition at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 to set up a clash with Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Nhat.

Tien Nhat had defeated another Singaporean, Samson Lee, in the other semi-final.

The other Singaporeans in finals are Wang Wenying (women's foil) and Choy Yu Yong (men's sabre).

Wang reached the women's foil final after beating Thailand's Chantasuvannasin Nunta 15-9. She will face Filipina Justine Gaul Tinio in the final.

Choy beat Thailand's Kothny Wiradech 15-12 in the semi-finals and will face Thanh An Vu of Vietnam in the final. Thanh beat Malaysian Yu Peng Kean 15-4 in the other semi-final.

Lim raced to a 5-1 lead and then widened it to 9-3, before Chamcharern fought back to 9-7.

The Singaporean then paused briefly for a while to rest on the mat before continuing. He conceded another one point to the Thai, narrowing the score to 9-8, which was greeted with loud cheers from the Thai supporters.

But with the encouragement of the Singapore fans, Lim pulled ahead to 13-9 before they tied at 14-14 and eventually winning at 15-14.

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