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Good haul: (From left) Touche Fencing Club trainees of Bryan, Andrew, Imran Seth, Jia Ann, Tyanne and Daevina
posing with their medals from the recent SEAFF cadet and junior meet.
TEENAGER Bryan Mok spearheaded Malaysia’s challenge to finish as the runners-up in the boys’ cadet (Under-17) foil team event at the South-East Asia Fencing Federation (SEAFF) cadet and junior (Under-20) championships in Brunei recently.
In the semi-final against Vietnam, Bryan played a pivotal role in leading his side to claw back a two-point deficit in the decisive bout before Malaysia prevailed with a hard-earned 45-43 victory.
Bryan was entrusted with a key role to anchor the team and he did not let his side down when they were trailing 38-40.
Touche Fencing Club chief coach C.W. Mok praised Bryan for showing nerves of steel in the match-up against the more fancied boys’ cadet foil individual runner-up Quoc Qai Nguyen.
“He was all fired up and scored an impressive five consecutive points to put the side ahead again. He allowed his opponent to accumulate another three points before he wrapped up the encounter,” Mok said.
Earlier, Bryan lost 1-5 to the same opponent and suffered another 2-5 defeat to favourite Joshua Ian Lim of Singapore in the preliminary rounds of the individual contest to enter the knock-out stage as 11th ranked entry.
However, the Malaysian youngsters found it tough going against their peers from Singapore and went down tamely 26-45 to settle for second in the boys’ cadet foil team event.
The line-up comprising Imran Seth and Tristan Cheng as well as reserve Chung Hanwen were the best performers for the Malaysia camp with their respectable performances in the recent regional cadet and junior meet.
Bryan also secured another bronze medal after he ended his campaign going down 12-15 in a rematch against Joshua in the last four of the individual competition.
Earlier, reigning Malaysia Games boys’ foil champion Andrew Mok also picked up a bronze medal in the boys’ junior individual foil.
Singapore’s Joshua, who bagged a double winning both the cadet and junior individual sections, prevented Andrew from advancing with a commanding 15-9 win in the semi-finals.
Mok admitted that Andrew committed several costly mistakes because he was not able to control his nerves.
“Joshua has also ready established himself in the world cadet meet last year. Joshua was definitely deserving winner because he was very alert and quick on the counter attacks.
After analysing Joshua’s approaches, Bryan put up a closer fight against him in the cadet section. We are confident that Andrew will offer him better resistance in the future,” he added.
Meanwhile, it was a good outing for the Malaysia camp when they returned with another four bronze medals.
In the cadet section, the foursome of Bryan, Imran, Tristan and Hanwen took home another bronze in the boys’ epee team event and the girls’ foil team of Tyanne Fong, Daevina Summugam, Yap Jia Ann and Brittni Tye also chalked up the podium finish.
The other bronze medallists from Malaysia were girls’ junior epee team (Perle Alexis Lo, Lim Yin Yin, Liza Liew Zhun-Ying and Athirah Che Aziziddin) and girls’ junior sabre side (Liong Yueh Fong, Giok Oh Kah, Ainul Latifah and Joanne Jalizha Chen).
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