Asian Games: Women's foil fencers lose 14-45 to China in semis, but clinch first-ever team medal

Singapore’s Amita Berthier (left) in action against Cheng Hsin of Chinese Taipei in the women’s foil team quarter-final at the 18th Asian Games on Aug 23, 2018.
Singapore’s Amita Berthier (left) in action against Cheng Hsin of Chinese Taipei in the women’s foil team quarter-final at the 18th Asian Games on Aug 23, 2018. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

JAKARTA - The national women's foil team lost 14-45 to China in the Asian Games semi-finals on Thursday (Aug 23) afternoon, but won Singapore fencing's first-ever team medal - a bronze - at the Games.

Amita Berthier, Maxine Wong, Tatiana Wong and Melanie Huang beat Chinese Taipei 45-19 in the quarter-finals at the Jakarta Convention Centre earlier in the day, but failed to beat 2014 Asiad silver medallist China for a place in the final.

However, the Republic clinched a bronze, as there were no third-place play-offs in Indonesia.

This is Singapore fencing's second medal at the Asiad level; epee fencer Lim Wei Wen won the Republic's first-ever medal in the sport when he clinched bronze at the last Asian Games in 2014.

Also, this is Team Singapore's fifth medal in Indonesia; the Republic won a gold (swimming, men's 100m butterfly) and three bronzes (swimming, men's 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays; and bowling, women's trios) earlier in the Games.