South Korea’s ‘strategic event’ fencing women’s foil has been cut short. Hong Sena finished her individual competition with a bronze medal against a Chinese fencer.
Hong Se-na (Anshan City) failed to advance to the final of the women’s foil fencing individual competition at the Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 at the Hangzhou University of Electronic Arts Gymnasium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, on Friday.
Hong won 15-11 in the round of 16 against Macau and 15-11 in the quarterfinals against Singapore to advance to the semifinals.
In the semifinals, she went into an exploratory match against Huang Chenchen, who was playing with the one-sided support of the home fans. I attacked cautiously but found it difficult to get any points. They had to accept a 0-6 deficit from the start.
When the score reached 1-8, the Chinese crowd started to pick up the momentum. They applauded every time Huang Chenchen scored a point 메이저사이트.
Hong Sena didn’t give up. She scored the next four points from 1-9 and even closed the gap to 8-12 at one point. However, back-to-back attack errors left her with an 8-14 deficit.
Her teammate Hong Hyo-jin (Seongnam City Hall) had her medal bid halted in the quarterfinals. Trailing 0-4, the mood changed when her Hong Kong opponent complained of a right ankle injury early in the match. After taking a seat and collecting her thoughts, Hong gradually closed the gap and tied the score for the first time in the seventh game.
However, while Hong added one point, her opponent gave away seven points and the match was completely tilted in her favor. At 8-14, they managed to pull within two points, but it was too little too late, as they fell 10-15 and failed to advance to the quarterfinals.
Hong Sena and Hong Hyo-jin competed in foil, an event that requires fencers to attack their opponent’s upper body, excluding the arms, head, and legs.
South Korean women fencers have won gold medals at each of the last four Games. Nam Hyun-hee won gold in Doha in 2006 and Guangzhou in 2010, while Jeon Hee-sook won back-to-back titles in Incheon in 2014 and Jakarta-Palembang in 2018.
Other Korean fencers have also performed well at the Asian Games, with Sung Mi-jeong winning silver in Doha, Jeon Hee-sook winning bronze in Guangzhou, and Nam Hyun-hee winning bronze in Guangzhou.
South Korea has won 122 men’s and women’s medals at every Asian Games until the last one in Jakarta-Palembang. China is second with 124, not far behind. Japan is third with 66.
There is also the men’s individual sabre final on Friday. It will be a battle between Koo Bon-gil (Korea National Sports Promotion Organization), who will try to win his fourth consecutive Asian Games title, and Oh Sang-wook (Daejeon City Hall), who will try to bring home the gold medal he missed in the last edition.