Fencers settle for bronze against China

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 November, 2010, 12:00am

Hong Kong fencers failed to stage another giant-killing act and were forced to settle for the bronze medal in the men's team foil at Guangda Gymnasium yesterday.

Headed by Cheung Siu-lun, who upset world number one Lei Sheng of China in the semi-finals of the individual event, Hong Kong took on the mainlanders, the reigning world champions, and succumbed 45-21 in the semi-finals.

Despite the defeat, Cheung, who was drafted into the team after the previous Games in Doha, was more than happy with his performance

'I showed my best in the individual event, and the silver medal is the best reward for my dedication over the past two years,' said the 25-year-old. 'The result means a lot to me as Hong Kong have never won a silver medal in the foil event, team or individual. In fact, we had never won any silver in fencing at the Asian Games before Guangzhou.'

Cheung also said Lei made rapid adjustments after his defeat in the individual event. 'He managed to get himself right in a short time and showed his best in the team event today,' said Cheung.

Hong Kong completed their fencing campaign with another bronze medal when the women's epee team narrowly lost 36-32 to Japan in the semi-finals.

The women's team epee bronze took fencing's medal tally to seven - two silver and five bronze medals, which is also their best yet at the Asiad.

In squash, the Hong Kong women's team made no mistake as they trounced India 3-0 to top pool B with three straight wins. They meet South Korea in today's semi-finals, with their incentive a long-awaited final showdown against Malaysia, headed by world number one Nicol David.

The men's team, however, suffered a 3-0 defeat to Pakistan in their final match in pool A. Even so, they still qualify for the semi-finals as the second-placed team, and will meet pool B top team Malaysia today. A defeat still guarantees them a bronze, as there is no play-off for third place.