Sports World: Lai wins first U-20 fencing gold medal

Lai wins first U-20 fencing gold medal

KORAT (Thailand) • Esther Lai won Singapore's first-ever gold medal in the junior (Under-20) category at the ongoing Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships yesterday.

The 16-year-old Raffles Institution year 5 student beat Japan's top junior fencer Miho Yoshimura 15-4 in the women's junior epee final. Miho is ranked16th in the world junior rankings, while Esther is ranked 76th.

£19.8m loss despite Reds' record revenue

LONDON• Liverpool yesterday announced a pre-tax loss of £19.8 million (S$34.4 million) for last year despite record revenue of £301 million.

The loss in the year ending May 2016 was due to investment in the first-team squad and the payoff to ex-manager Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked in October 2015.

But with commercial revenue projected to climb and Anfield's new Main Stand now complete, the club predicted significantly "improved results" for the current financial year.


Eastern close to first win against nine men

HONG KONG • Eastern Sports Club flirted with their first Asian Football Confederation Champions League win before drawing 1-1 with nine-man Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale.

Manuel Bleda's 14th-minute penalty gave Eastern hope of a morale-boosting win after last week's 7-0 defeat by Guangzhou Evergrande. But Eastern, led by their trailblazing female coach Chan Yuen Ting, had to settle for their first point in the competition after Ko Itakura's 52nd-minute equaliser.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe