Fencing: Singapore men's foil team reach first-ever podium finish in Junior World Cup

(From left) Fencers Darren Tan, Yeo Jing Zhe, national foil coach Andrey Klyushin and fencer Jonathan Au Eong posing with their trophy at the Bangkok leg of the Junior World Cup on Oct 8, 2017.
(From left) Fencers Darren Tan, Yeo Jing Zhe, national foil coach Andrey Klyushin and fencer Jonathan Au Eong posing with their trophy at the Bangkok leg of the Junior World Cup on Oct 8, 2017.PHOTO: COURTESY OF YEO SIEW WAN

SINGAPORE - The national men's foil fencers finished second in the Bangkok leg of the Junior World Cup after losing 38-45 to France on Sunday (Oct 8), delivering the Republic's first podium finish at the event.

The Singapore trio, consisting of 17-year-olds Jonathan Au Eong, Yeo Jing Zhe and Darren Tan, beat the Netherlands and the United States en route to the final.

There, they fell to the French team of Pierre Loisel, Wallerand Roger, Raphael Savin and Alexandre Ediri.

The Oct 7-8 tournament, which took place at the Fashion Island Shopping Centre in the Thai capital, is the second of eight stops on the Junior World Cup circuit.

In the individual competition on Saturday, 15-year-old Kieren Lock placed 11th.

Jonathan, Darren and Jing Zhe finished 28th, 33rd and 36th respectively, while fellow Singaporeans Max Neo and Matthew Lim were 45th and 46th.