Asian and World Championships 2019
The 2018-19 junior season is over, and we are absolutely thrilled with the performances of our fencers at the Asian and World Championships. There were many personal milestones made, and great fencing all round!
ASIAN CADET AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
The Asian Championships was held in Amman, Jordan, from 26th February to 8th March.
Christine won all in her poules to be seeded 2nd going into the direct elimination rounds. Heidi and Leanne were seeded 14th and 18th respectively.
Unfortunately both Heidi and Leanne both lost in the round of 32 to opponents from Taipei, with Heidi going down 10-15 and Leanne losing 11-15.
Christine beat opponents from Taipei and Korea before going down to Ozaki from Japan in the semi-finals to finish with an individual Bronze. She is only the third female fencer in Singapore Sabre history to win an individual medal at the Asian Cadet Championships.
In the Junior event, Jessica started well to finish the poules seeded 9th. Nicole and Christine finished the poules ranked 19th and 25th, and did not have an easy path in the elimination rounds. Christine went down to her Uzbekistan opponent in the round of 32, while Nicole had a tough 14-15 loss to Taipei in the same round.
Jessica did well to beat Japan and Uzbekistan before putting up a good fight against a Korean opponent in the top 8, before going down 11-15. The top 8 finish was still a great achievement for her, placing her as only the third female sabre fencer in Singapore history to reach the quarterfinal rounds.
WORLD CADET AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
The World Championships was held in Torun, Poland from 6-8 April, and the Cadet Girl’s Sabre event comprised 81 fencers from all over the world. Heidi and Christine finished the preliminary poules ranked 32nd and 35th, while Leanne finished 58th. Heidi beat Spain 15-12 in her round of 64 match, while Christine beat Poland 15-13. Leanne unfortunately fell to American fencer Avakian 9-15 in the same round.
In the round of 32, Heidi went neck-and-neck with the American top seed Honor Johnson, before going down 13-15. Christine also went close with Italian 3rd seed Guzzi before going down 12-15. It was the first time in the 32 for both fencers, and for Heidi she will look forward to further improvement as she remains a cadet for the following season. Heidi and Christine join our other Asgardians Ywen and Nicole as the only Singaporeans in history to enter the top 32 for Cadet Women’s Sabre.
The World Junior Championships had a significantly larger field of 116 fencers in Women’s Sabre. Jessica did well in her poules to finish as 44th seed, while Christine was seeded 68th, and Nicole 74th. We started in the round of 128, where Christine beat her Congolese opponent 15-10. Nicole didn’t have the best match as she went down 7-15 to her Spanish opponent, while Jessica was unfortunately upset 13-15 by her French opponent. In the next round, Christine pulled off a remarkable 15-14 victory against 4th seed Maxwell from Great Britain. She unfortunately lost in the round of 32 to Turkish opponent Unludag, who was the 2018 European Cadet Champion.
It was a great milestone for Christine to reach the 32 in the Junior event, being only the third women’s sabre fencer from Singapore to do so. Being a final-year cadet, we look forward to her further Junior progress in the future!
The World Championships also involved the Junior Team event, where the Singapore team was comprised of three Asgard fencers – Jessica, Nicole and Christine, together with Kar Moon from DPF. In the first round, the girls avenged their Asian Championships loss to Uzbekistan with a 45-40 victory. This was followed by losses to Bulgaria and Mexico, before a win against Spain and a final loss to Poland.
This string of results gave us a final placing of 14th position, which ties with 2018 as our best ever team performance for Women’s Sabre. Well done!