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Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 10:48:16 AM
by jarod lim
One aim (from left): Philippa, Taufiq, Joel and Megat Zuhril all returned with trophies from the YSpark International Cup.
SETTING his sight on the gold medal at the YSpark International Fencing Cup in Singapore, Touche Fencing Club’s Joel Chiu Ka Jyn delivered with uncompromising form to top the boy’s Under-10 Foil category.
The 10-year-old fencer finished first after denying teammate Taufiq Aris Johan Aris any chance of scoring and ended the final 8-0.
Joel, who was defensively correct
throughout the bout, said he was familiar with Taufiq’s tactics and waited for the right
opportunity to strike.
“The match-up with Taufiq was manageable but the toughest was the semi-final encounter with a Filipino fencer where I narrowly escaped with a 8-7 victory.
“I am delighted to win the tournament as I lost in the quarter-finals of the YSpark Cup last year,” he said, adding that he will continue to hone his skills and aspired to reach state level one day.
Speaking of the final, Taufiq admitted that he was nervous and disappointed with his performance.
“I tried hard to gain points but Joel kept on parrying my blade.
“He definitely has more tricks up his sleeves,” said the 10-year-old, who had to settle for second place.
Another Touche entry, Philippa Jean Ong Ziyi managed joint third in the girl’s Under-10 Foil. She lost to a formidable Hong Kong fencer 4-7 in the semi-finals. The latter fencer was also the eventual champion of the Foil category.
“I was very nervous and was not performing my best during the semi-final. This allowed my opponent to attack,” she said.
Meanwhile, in the boy’s Under-17 Epee, Touche’s Megat Zuhril Megat Zariman came up tops after defeating a Singaporean in the final.
“I was trailing 7-2 but eventually caught up and levelled at 10-10,” he said. “My coach, C.W. Mok, realised that my opponent was constantly scoring points by hitting my leg and he gave me a tip to bait my opponent before making the strike.
“I managed to get four consecutive points using the pointers given by my coach and I eventually sealed the bout 15-13,” he said.
However, the 17-year-old failed to make an impression in the Foil event and succumbed to the pressure in the quarter-finals where he was defeated by a Filipino.
Megat Zuhril is also preparing for the upcoming 2013 President Cup Fencing Championship to be held from Dec 26-30.
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