Joshua Ian Lim from Absolute Fencing has achieved a new milestone, not only for himself, but for all the young fencers in Singapore, by fighting his way into the top 8 position at this year’s World Cadet Championships.
Held annually at different places around the world, the World Cadet Championships is the most honoured event for the U17 age group. This is literally where the future stars of fencing being to shine. Despite immensely strong competition from traditional powerhouses such as Italy, Germany, Russia and Japan, Joshua has done Singapore proud by finishing overall 8th, proving to the world that fencers from the little red dot can be a force to be reckoned with.
Seeded 39th after the poules, Joshua first eliminated Tomas Vasoncelos from Portugal 15-3 before winning Miguel Navas from Belgium in a tough fight, 15-12. In the next round, Joshua triumphed over Tagya Yuvacan from Turkey in a relatively easy bout, winning 15-8. After advancing to the round of 8, Joshua lost to a superior Japanese fencer, Kyosuke Matsuyama, 15-4, who eventually won the champion title.
On his performance that day, Joshua himself commented modestly, “It was a great day of fencing for me and I’m happy to be able to go so far, even though I never expected to do so. Fortunately I managed to make some good decisions on the piste and exploited many mistakes of my opponents.” A commentator from the live stream on Youtube also praised Joshua as having “incredible defense”.
During the event, many fellow Absolute Fencing members watched the live stream online and supported Joshua from home. Christian Lim Wei Rong said “Joshua has always been a source of inspiration for us and we will do whatever we can to support him”. Lastly, Joshua voiced that achieving a top 8 position is great but certainly not enough, and he aims to become a real world champion next year. “It’s only the beginning,” he said.
Through his extraordinary performance, Joshua has opened a new doorway into international fencing for fellow young talents in Singapore. We at ABF congratulate Joshua for his results and at the same time urge more young ABF fencers to follow his footsteps. Dream big, soar high.