The Hong Kong Fencing Team Shines on the First Day of Hangzhou Asian Games
Zhang Jialang and Cai Junyan Secure Medals in Men’s Individual Fencing
In an impressive display of skill and determination, the Hong Kong fencing team has clinched medals on the first day of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. Competing in the men’s individual competition, two exceptional players, Zhang Jialang and Cai Junyan, showcased their prowess and advanced to the top four, securing a place on the medal podium.
Zhang Jialang faced a formidable opponent, Xu Jie, from the host country. Despite the home court advantage, Zhang defeated Xu with a resounding score of 15:7. This victory marks Zhang’s triumphant return to the podium after winning a bronze medal in the previous session. Meanwhile, Cai Junyan displayed exceptional tenacity, rallying from a four-point deficit to narrowly defeat South Korea’s Lee Chan-hyun. This triumph marks Cai’s first individual medal at the Asian Games.
Both Zhang Jialang and Cai Junyan will now compete in the finals, scheduled for 6 pm tonight. The Hong Kong team has high hopes for gold and silver medals as these talented fencers vie for top honors.
Intense Competition in Men’s Individual Fencing
The men’s individual competition at the Asian Games allows each country or region to field two fencers. Representing Hong Kong, Zhang Jialang and Cai Junyan form a formidable duo in pursuit of medals. With a total of 29 fencers participating, the Asian Games format differs slightly from international competitions. The top 16 fencers globally must also compete in the individual event.
Therefore, despite being ranked 7th in the world, Zhang Jialang began his journey from the group stage, where he faced tough competition from Cai Junyan, ranked 23rd. Ultimately, Zhang secured five wins out of four matches, placing him 5th overall. Cai Junyan, on the other hand, notched five wins in every match, earning him a tie for second place and a direct entry into the round of 16.
In the round of 16, Cai Junyan faced off against Lebanese fencer Wakim Philippe, ranked 143rd in the world. Despite an early setback, Cai managed to establish a lead of 5:4 and eventually emerged victorious with a score of 15:8. The quarter-finals proved to be a rematch between Cai Junyan and South Korea’s Lee Yoon-hyun. In a thrilling battle, Cai avenged his previous defeat by scoring four consecutive points to level the game at 14:14. With a final stroke of brilliance, Cai emerged triumphant, securing a spot in the top four and his first Asian Games individual medal.
Zhang Jialang encountered Qatari swordsman Hussein Khaled, ranked 220th in the world, in the round of 16. Despite Khaled’s efforts to stage a comeback, Zhang’s early lead proved insurmountable, resulting in a commanding 15:8 victory for Hong Kong. In the quarter-finals, Zhang faced Xu Jie, the 43rd ranked fencer from the host country. Showing dominance from the start, Zhang propelled himself to an early 5-point lead, ultimately defeating Xu with a score of 15:7, securing a position in the top four, and aiming to surpass last year’s bronze medal achievement.
Crucial Matches Ahead
The highly anticipated top-four matches in men’s individual fencing will commence at 6 pm. Zhang Jialang will face Japan’s Takahiro Shikine, while Cai Junyan will square off against China’s Chen Haiwei, who is coached by former Hong Kong team coach Wang Changyong.
The Hong Kong fencing team’s impressive performance sets the stage for thrilling upcoming encounters, as these exceptional athletes demonstrate their remarkable skills on the world stage.
Photo: Cheng Shiyong
Text: It is Ziyuan
This article was originally published by “Sportsroad” in “[Hangzhou Asian Games · Direct Attack]Zhang Jialang reaches the top 4 and closes the medal, Cai Junyan wins with one sword and steps on the podium for the first time.”
[Sports Road Hangzhou Direct Attack]The Hong Kong fencing team won medals on the first day! The men’s individual competition was held on the first day of fencing at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. Two Hong Kong players, Zhang Jialang and Cai Junyan, fought in separate directions, and finally passed the test successfully and advanced to the top four, concluding the medal. Zhang Jialang defeated the Chinese fencer Xu Jie 15:7, who had the advantage of the home court, and will stand on the podium again after winning the bronze medal in the last session; Cai Junyan chased after being 4 points behind, and finally narrowly defeated. Lee Chan-hyun from South Korea with one sword, stabilization Won the first individual medal of the Asian Games in his career. Both will compete for places in the finals starting at 6pm tonight, striving to help the Hong Kong team win gold and silver medals.
Each country or region can send two swordsmen to participate in the individual competition of the Asian Games. The men’s Hua Hong team consisting of Zhang Jialang and Cai Junyan are competing for medals. A total of 29 fencers registered for the men’s individual competition. The format of the Asian Games is slightly different from the international competition. The top 16 fencers in the world must also take part in the individual competition. Therefore, Zhang Jialang, ranked 7th in the world, also need to start from the group stage and compete with Cai Junyan, ranked 23rd, be included in the group as the 1st and 3rd seeds. In the end, Zhang Jialang won all 4 matches in the group stage and placed 5th overall, while Cai Junyan recorded 5 wins in each match and tied for second place to qualify for the knockout rounds. top 32 and win the top 16 seats directly.
Cai Junyan faced Lebanese fencer Wakim Philippe, ranked 143 in the world, in the top 16. Although he was bitten by his opponent early in the game, he scored 3 points in a row to establish an advantage while leading 5:4 , and finally won 15:8 easily. Hong Kong’s top eight players then faced South Korea’s Lee Yoon-hyun, who was ranked 25. The two met at the Asian Championships in June. At that time, Cai Junyan lost by sword. The Hong Kong player met again today and managed to avenge his defeat. Cai Junyan had a slight advantage in the early stage, leading by 3 points at one point, but was overtaken by his opponent and fell behind by 9:13 in the final stage. However, Cai Junyan scored 4 points in a row to tie the game, and then managed to equalize at the 13:14 trial. In the end, he narrowly won with one sword, finishing in the top four spots and his first Asian Games individual medal.
Zhang Jialang fought against Qatari swordsman Hussein Khaled, ranked 220 in the world in the round of 16. He had already opened 4 points in the early stages of the match, and then kept a gap, leading by up to 8 points. Even if Qatar fencers chase at the end, Unstoppable Hong Kong will win 15:8. Hong Kong will then face Xu Jie, the 43rd ranked fencer, from the host country in the top 8. He scored 5 points in a row at the start of the game, and then kept the point difference. opponent 15:7, advancing to the top 4 and winning the individual title for the second time in a row Competition medals, striving to break the bronze medal result of the previous year.
The top four men’s flower matches will start at 6 pm Zhang Jialang will face Takahiro Shikine from Japan for the first time, and Cai Junyan will face Chen Haiwei from China at 6:30. The latter is coached by former Hong Kong team coach Wang Changyong.
Photo: Cheng Shiyong
Text: It is Ziyuan
This article was originally published by “Sportsroad” in “[Hangzhou Asian Games · Direct Attack]Zhang Jialang reaches the top 4 and closes the medal, Cai Junyan wins with one sword and steps on the podium for the first time”
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