The men’s fencing foil team is preparing to turn the tables in the team competition.
The Hangzhou Asian Games men’s foil team defeated Hong Kong 45-37 in the semifinals of the men’s foil team competition on Sunday at the Hangzhou University of Electronic Arts Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, to advance to the final. They will face China in the final.
The men’s flechette team won its first team title in 24 years at the last Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang. They are the defending champions and will be looking to make it two in a row.
However, they faced an unexpected setback in the individual competition. Lim Chul-woo (Seongbuk-gu Office) and Lee Kwang-hyun (Hwaseong City Hall) were eliminated in the round of 16 and quarterfinals, respectively. It was the first individual medal humiliation in 45 years since the 1978 Bangkok Asian Games.
They will try to make up for it in the team event. Lee Kwang-hyun, Lim Chul-woo, Ha Tae-kyu (Daejeon City Corporation) and Heo Jun (Gwangju City Hall) joined forces.
Earlier in the day, they thrashed Thailand 45-29 in the quarterfinals. The momentum continued in the semifinals. In the first round, He jumped out to a 5-2 lead and maintained a steady 7-8 point lead to complete the victory.
His final opponent, China, has the overwhelming support of their home fans. In the semifinals, they trailed 13-20 and 17-25 at the halfway point against Japan, who were considered the best team in the competition, but Wu Bin scored 13 points in the sixth game to take a 30-28 lead.
From there, they steadily built on their lead to take a 45-44, one-point victory and advance to the final. The key will be to beat Ye Bong.
The men’s flechette final between South Korea and China will take place at 7 p.m. ET.
Meanwhile, the women’s epee team also advanced to the final after South Korea defeated arch-rivals China. They will face Hong Kong in the final 메이저사이트.