Korean Women’s Fencing Team Clinches Silver at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games
In a thrilling display of talent and skill, the Korean women’s fencing team secured a remarkable silver medal in the team event at the coveted 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. This outstanding achievement marks a significant milestone in the team’s journey towards supremacy.
Comprising exceptional athletes such as Hong Sena (Seoul City Hall), Hong Hyo-jin (Seongnam City Hall), Chae Song-oh (Chungbuk Provincial Office), and Hong Seo-in (Seoul City Hall), the Korean team triumphed over formidable opponents, China, in the team finals at Hangzhou University of Electronics Gymnasium in China on the 28th. Despite their valiant efforts, they narrowly lost with a score of 31-34, gracefully attaining the second-place position.
Continuing a Legacy of Success
Korea’s women’s foil team had previously clinched an impressive five consecutive victories in the Asian Games, dominating the event from the 1998 Bangkok Games to the 2014 Incheon Games. However, their performance slipped in the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, landing them in third place. This silver medal at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games now reaffirms their mettle, rekindling hopes of clinching a remarkable sixth consecutive victory in future competitions.
The women’s foil national team faced an arduous challenge to achieve excellent results following the retirement of prominent fencers, Nam Hyun-hee and Jeon Hee-sook, who played a vital role in their previous glory. Nonetheless, Hong Se-na’s bronze medal in the individual competition stands as the team’s sole individual achievement in this tournament. As a team, they remarkably progressed to the finals for the first time in nine years, ultimately securing a valuable silver medal.
A Tightly Contested Battle
Paving their way to the finals, the women’s foil national team showcased their prowess by defeating Macau with an impressive 45-10 victory in the quarter-finals, followed by a commanding 45-25 win over Hong Kong in the semi-finals. However, their ultimate showdown against the home team, China, proved to be a closely fought affair.
Throughout the gripping encounter, the score fluctuated as both teams displayed their indomitable spirit. In the first round, Hong Sena conceded a point to Huang Qianqian. However, Cai Songwu equalized the score to 6-6 in the second round against Wang Yuting. A remarkable display of skill by Hong Hyo-jin in the third round against Chen Qingyuan maintained the balance at 8-8. Hong Sena, the sole individual medalist (bronze medal) from this tournament in both men’s and women’s foil, concluded the fourth round with a tied score of 10-10 against Wang Yuting.
The nail-biting battle continued, with both teams locked in a tense struggle at 12-12 in the fifth round and 15-15 in the sixth round. In the seventh round, a resurgent Hong Hyo-jin gained the upper hand over Wang Yuting, steering the Korean team to a 19-17 lead. Nevertheless, a seesaw battle ensued, ultimately resulting in Hong Sena facing a setback with a score of 21-26 in the eighth round against Chen Qingyuan. Despite their unyielding efforts, the Korean team fell short in the final match against Chae Song-oh and Huang Chen-chen.
A Promising Path Ahead
With the women’s epi and women’s saber team competitions still to come on the 30th, the Asian Games continue to buzz with anticipation. The Korean team’s remarkable performance has undoubtedly ignited hope for further triumphs and raised the bar for future fencing endeavors.
Source: Yonhap News
The Korean women’s fencing team won a silver medal in the team event at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
Korea, consisting of Hong Sena (Seoul City Hall), Hong Hyo-jin (Seongnam City Hall), Chae Song-oh (Chungbuk Provincial Office), and Hong Seo-in (Seoul City Hall), beat China in the team finals the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games held at Hangzhou University of Electronics Gymnasium in China on the 28th, they lost 31-34 and took second place.
Korea, who had won 5 consecutive victories in the women’s foil team event at the Asian Games from the 1998 Bangkok Games to the 2014 Incheon Games, came 3rd at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games and won a silver medal in this tournament after missing out. to win for the 6th time in a row.
The women’s foil national team has not managed to get excellent results in major competitions since the retirement of Nam Hyun-hee and Jeon Hee-sook, who played the role of ‘double horse’, and Hong Se-na’s bronze medal was the only one. came second in the individual competition at this competition, but as a team, they progressed to the finals for the first time in 9 years and won a silver medal.
The women’s foil national team, which defeated Macau 45-10 in the quarter-finals and Hong Kong 45-25 in the semi-finals, had a close match with the home team China in the finals.
In the first round, Hong Sena conceded a point to Huang Qianqian, but in the second round, Cai Songwu tied the score 6-6 against Wang Yuting.
The balance remained 8-8 after the third round between Hong Hyo-jin and Chen Qingyuan, and Hong Sena, the only individual medalist (bronze medal) in this competition in men’s and women’s foil, finished the fourth round with Wang Yuting is 10-10.
After that, the score remained tight at 12-12 in the 5th round and 15-15 in the 6th round.
In the 7th round, when Hong Hyo-jin came back, she gained the upper hand over Wang Yu-ting and took the lead 19-17, and then a see-saw game continued, but Hong Sena was pushed back 21 -26 in the 8th round against Chen Qingyuan, and the final match between Chae Song-oh and Huang Chen-chen I couldn’t overcome in the end.
This competition leaves the men’s epi and women’s saber team competitions on the 30th. Yonhap News
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