Fencers claim first-ever gold in men's foil team event
Singapore's men's foil team fought their way to a South-east Asia (SEA) Games gold medal today after seeing off the Philippines 45-40 in the OCBC Arena.
This is the Republic's first-ever gold medal in the men's foil team event.
Fencer Joshua Lim, 19, grabbed an early lead for the side, winning 5-3 in the first bout.
But it wasn't all plain sailing for Singapore. Kevin Chan, 17, lost his first two bouts 5-6 and 5-7 before winning his last bout 5-3.
"We knew that we had it in us to be able to contend for the gold medal," said Tan Yuan Zi, 25, after the match.
"But we also knew that it was not going to be a easy fight."
"I'm very proud to be able to say that we fought hard and made it all the way to the final for the gold."
Earlier in the day, Singapore's women's epee team lost 29-28 to Philippines in the semi-finals and had to settle for a bronze medal, while the women's sabre team also ended their campaign with a bronze after losing 45-36 to Vietnam.
Singapore's total medal haul for fencing, which has concluded in this Games, is three golds, three silvers and seven bronzes.
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