Our young fencers have done it once again, leaving their mark in Asia by breaking last year’s record and achieving more milestones for Singapore and ABF!
In Jordan for the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships 2014 over the last 2 weeks, our fencers fenced their hearts out and managed to bring home 2 medals in the Junior Event, an extremely good result for Singapore.
Our Boy’s Foil Team, with 3 out of 4 of the Singapore Team coming from ABF (Joshua Ian Lim, Christian James Lim and Kevin Chan), managed to fight their way onto the podium and finished the competition with a hard-earned bronze medal! They beat Kazakhstan in the round of 16 which earned them a chance to fence Kuwait in the quarter-finals. They then displayed amazing fighting spirit to overcome a strong Kuwaiti Team in a very close encounter, to earn them a spot in the semi-finals. They eventually fell to Hong Kong, who went on to clinch the Gold. Our boys, who came back with a bronze in the Cadet team event last year upgraded their achievements to a bronze in the Junior team event, another first for Singapore! Very well done boys!
Not to be outdone, Elizabeth Ann Lim, who has always been a strong performer at the Asian level, did not fail to deliver. She finished her Junior career on a high with another bronze medal in the Women’s Epee Team Event as well. The best performer in the team that day, she played a critical part in giving her teammates a good lead to ensure a medal for Singapore! They beat Yemen in the round of 16 to earn a spot in the quarter-finals against Australia, the defending champions. While Singapore fell to Australia in the finals last year, the girls made sure history was not to be repeated by putting up an amazing performance and dethroning the defending champions, earning them a spot on the podium once again. Although they were finally stopped by China, the eventual Champions that day, we are all still very proud of them. Very well done Lizzy!
Elizabeth was also in the team that brought back the silver medal in the same event last year, as well as part of the Senior Women’s Epee Team that fought their way into the Top 8 in the Senior Asian Fencing Championships 2013 for the first time in Singapore’s history!
In the individual events, our fencers put up a strong fight and rewrote history for Singapore once again. Although they did not manage to bring any medals home, special mention goes to Lam Jing Siang, who made it to the quarter-finals of the Men’s Sabre Junior Event, the first time a Singaporean has ever done so. He put up a very strong fight and despite being overcome by his opponent in the end, did Singapore and ABF very proud. Well done Jing Siang!
Well done to all our other fencers who represented Singapore at this event as well! Continue training hard and you will be able to bring glory to Singapore and ABF one day!
Overall, our young fencers have once again proven that ABF is a very strong powerhouse in all 3 weapons. All our fencers are very capable of performing at the top of their game in major competitions and have not failed to deliver medals for Singapore time and again, making them very valuable to our country.
Next up, stay tuned to support our Senior fencers as they prepare for the Asian Fencing Championships 2014 and Asian Games 2014 coming up in July and September respectively! Let’s go ABF!!
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