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KOREAN FENCING WINS SIX ‘FILIAL PIETY’ GOLDS THIS YEAR AFTER RECENT SLUMP

South Korean fencing, which had been on the decline on the international stage ahead of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, has put its fears to rest and maintained its status as a “filial sport” at the international Games. Korea won six gold, three silver and three bronze medals in fencing at the Hangzhou Asian Games, which concluded on Sept. 29, securing its fourth consecutive overall title since Guangzhou in 2010.Gold medals were won in the men’s sabre individual (Oh Sang-wook) and team events, women’s epee individual (Choi In-jung) and team events, women’s sabre individual (Yoon Ji-ji), and men’s foil team events. The men’s sabre team won their third consecutive team title, the men’s foil team won their second, and the women’s epee team regained their Asian Games team title 21 years after the 2002 Busan Games. Silver medals were won in the men’s sabre (Koo Bon-gil), women’s epee (Song Sera) and women’s foil teams, while bronze medals were won in the women’s foil (Hong Sena), women’s sabre and men’s epee teams .Leading up to the Games, Korean fencing had not been performing as well as expected at international competitions, raising concerns. After winning the overall title at 12 consecutive Asian Championships (held every year except 2020 and 2021) from 2009 to last year, the team finished second behind Japan (4 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze).At the World Championships in July, they finished seventh overall (1 silver, 1 bronze), falling out of the world’s top three, a position they have held since 2017 (1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze).With no individual podium finishers and the men’s sabre team, which was considered the strongest, losing its fifth consecutive team title, a sense of crisis loomed ahead of the Asian Games. But at the Asian Games, Korean fencing rebounded .The team won two individual events (men’s sabre and women’s epee), including a house-to-house final, and earned podium finishes in every event. With these results, South Korea became the most decorated fencing nation in Asian Games history It had 46 before Jakarta-Palembang 2018, and with the addition of the six from this event, it has 52, surpassing China (49, including the two from this event).”Even in a difficult situation where we were worried and worried about whether we were falling down in Asia, we were determined to defend our status with the unwavering support of the federation, and we are satisfied to have secured the overall title,” said Choi Jong-hyung, vice president of the Korean Fencing Association, who led the team in Hangzhou .”Our prospects for next year’s Paris Olympics are bright,” he added, “with the men’s and women’s sabre and women’s epee almost certain to qualify for the team event, we will focus on injury management and fitness, while the men’s epee will try to qualify by March next year. The men’s and women’s flechettes will work on generational change with an eye on the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.” The generational shift is likely to continue across disciplines, with two-time women’s epee champion Choi In-jung (Gyeryong City Hall) and Heo Jun (Gwangju City Hall), who helped the men’s flechette win the team title, announcing their intention to hang up their tricolor. Cho said, “We have had a lot of athletes under 25 since two years ago. We planned a change for 토토사이트 selection and focus.

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