Historic gold medal victory for Hong Kong men’s fencing team at FIE Foil World Cup

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Edgar Cheung. File photo.

4th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong men’s fencing team triumphed at the “FIE Foil World Cup” today. Led by Cheung Ka-long, Ryan Choi, Leung Chin-yu, and Lee Yat-long, the team delivered an exceptional performance, defeating formidable opponents to claim the coveted gold medal.

Competing with a fresh lineup, the Hong Kong men’s team, seeded fifth in the tournament, advanced directly to the round of 16. They began their campaign with an impressive 45-18 victory over Hungary. In the quarterfinals, they faced a tough challenge from France, ranked fourth in the world. The match was fiercely contested, with Cheung Ka-long, Leung Chin-yu, and Ryan Choi representing Hong Kong. Despite trailing 14-15, the Hong Kong team drew inspiration from the passionate home crowd and fought back valiantly.

Ryan Choi delivered an outstanding performance, defeating the world number three, Lefort Enzo, with a score of 8-5. Leung Chin-yu also showcased her prowess by defeating the 31st-ranked Julien Mertine with a score of 8-4. These victories, coupled with Cheung Ka-long’s 5-1 triumph over Maximilien Chastanet, propelled the Hong Kong team to a thrilling 45-39 victory, securing their place in the semifinals amidst resounding applause.

In the semifinals, the Hong Kong team continued their dominant form as Cheung Ka-long, Ryan Choi, and Leung Chin-yu displayed exceptional skill. They faced off against South Korea, the reigning Asian Games gold medalists and eighth-ranked team in the world. Demonstrating their mettle, the Hong Kong fencers emerged victorious with a commanding score of 45-31. This remarkable achievement marked their second consecutive appearance in the World Cup final, following their success in the St. Petersburg event in 2019. They now set their sights on a historic gold medal clash with Italy. The Italian team secured their place in the final with a 45-37 victory over China in the other semifinal match.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong women’s foil team, comprised of Daphne Chan Nok-sze, Valerie Cheng, Sophia Wu, and Kuan Yu-ching, competed fiercely but fell short in the round of 16 against defending Asian Games gold medalists, China, with a score of 23-33. They ultimately finished in 13th place after the classification matches. Reflecting on the tournament, Valerie Cheng commented, “Facing strong teams from Asia such as China and Japan has greatly contributed to our preparations for the Asian Championships. The atmosphere in Hong Kong was fantastic, and we are grateful for the support of the spectators.”