At the 18th ASEAN University Games held from the 10th to the 19th of July 2016, ABF representatives stood tall in the Singapore Universities Contingent. On top of Wu Jie being appointed Head Coach of the contingent, we also had Zhang Zhenggang (Men’s Foil), Ip Yuan Chang and Lee Lin De (Men’s Epee), Cao Yubo (Men’s Sabre), Victoria Ann Lim (Women’s Epee & Women’s Sabre) and Seah Ying Xin and Christabel Yong (Women’s Sabre).
In the individual events, Zhenggang had a great run to the men’s foil final, before conceding to Nathaniel Perez (PHI) 15-10. Victoria Ann Lim also did well, receiving a direct bye to the semi-finals where she unfortunately fell to Thailand’s Wanwipa Thathongkueak narrowly at 15-13. She proceeded however, to beat her compatriot Fiona Ip convincingly in the third place match to take home the bronze medal. In the women’s sabre event, Christabel was only stopped in the semi-finals by the eventual winner Ima Safari of Indonesia, but went on to defeat Kemberly Camahalan (PHI) to win the bronze medal.
In the team events, however, Singapore posted even better results. The men’s epee team (with Lin De and Yuan Chang) defeated a strong Indonesian team to take the bronze medal home. In a heartstopping men’s foil final, Zhenggang’s blade found its target on Nathaniel Perez (PHI) to score the 45th point in a closely-fought 45-44 final. With that point, Zhenggang also found the gold that had eluded him in the individual event.
Beyond the athletes, ABF is also proud that many of the selected technical staff were club members. Here’s a shoutout to Goh Zhen Ping (Singapore Team Manager), Wang Wenying (Head of Weapon Control) and Lan Yingjie (Assistant Competition Manager)! ABF is proud to have contributed to the development of fencing in Singapore, both in terms of athlete development and technical officiating.
On to greater heights!