JAPANESE fencers showed they did not come to Malaysia just to make up the numbers after their successful debut in the annual Penang POWIIS Fencing Cham-pionship.
The members of the Japanese Fencing Federation were crowned overall champion in the two-day championship.
They fenced their way to a medal haul of two gold, two silver and eight bronze medals.
The Japanese were one of three foreign teams featured in the recent event held at the Prince of Wales International School in Balik Pulau.
Other foreign teams in the fray were Aliansi Indonesia Fencing Club and Singapore's Modern Fencing Academy.
Nilai University of Negri Sembilan finished second in the medal standings after grabbing two gold medals and a bronze.
The third placing went to Blade Fencing Club of Kuala Lumpur with a gold, two silver and a bronze.
Two varsity outfits -– Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Taylor’s University – also did well in the championship.
UPM finished sixth in the medal standings by capturing a gold and four bronze medals.
UPM were followed by Taylor's University which won a gold and a bronze.
RESULTS: (Malaysia unless stated)
Mens Foil: 1. Tristan Cheng (Blade Fencing); 2. Hans Yoong (Blade Fencing); 3. Muhammad Aqil Anuar (UPM) and Andrew Mok Vern Han (Nilai University).
Mens Sabre: 1. Adam Nicholas Lindbichler (Nilai University); 2. Syed Adam Emir Putra (HELP University); 3. Hibiki Kato and Akira Nishit (both Japan Fencing Federation).
Mens Epee: 1. Koh I Jie (Nilai University); 2. Gilbert Bekking (Bekking Fencing Academy); 3. Max Titmuss (Modern Fencing Academy, Singapore) and Jizen Loh Iskandar Khairi Loh Abdullah (Taylor's University).
Boys Epee: 1. Billa Alfiantoro (Smasa Fencing Team, Indonesia); 2. Ong Pheng Zen (Jung Fencing Academy); 3. Jovan Tay (YMCA Fencing Academy) and Raushan Ranjit Singh Gill (Swashbucklers Fencing Club)
Boys Foil: 1. Jason Chin Yiu Joe (Penang Fencing Association); 2. Tengku Amran Tengku Muadzam Sadruddin (Blade Fencing); 3. Emilio Lim (Blade Fencing) and Ong Pheng Zen (Jung Fencing Academy).
Boys Sabre: 1. Hibiki Kato; 2. Akira Nishita. 3. Reo Sudo and Hayato Tsubo (all from Japan Fencing Federation).
Womens Epee: 1. Aisyah Elizabeth (Aliansi Indonesia Fencing Club); 2. Electra Goh (Swashbucklers Fencing Club); 3. Nabiela Natasha Mohamad Daud (MSN Terengganu) and Nur Aina Jalil (UPM).
Womens Foil: 1. Natasha Ezzra Abu Bakar (UPM); 2. Philippa Jean Ong (Touche Fencing Club); 3. Ivy Cheah Hsiao Yong (UPM) and Shaidatul Shafiqah Abdul Hamid (UPM).
Womens Sabre: 1. Joanne Chen Jalizha (Taylor's University); 2. Yap Yee Xiang (Touche Fencing Club); 3. Merushii Sato and Yuki Taneda (both Japan Fencing Federation).
Girls Foil: 1. Philippa Jean Ong (Touche Fencing Club); 2. Chloe Lee Wen-Min (YMCA Fencing Singapore); 3. Junady Jeanna Leia Alis (Jung Fencing Academy) and Chloe Ng Wan-Yi (YMCA Fencing Singapore).
Girls Sabre: 1. Shoko Nagasaki; 2. Satomi Abe; 3. Merushii Sato and Yuki Taneda (all from Japan Fencing Federation).
Girls Epee: 1. Robyn Nyam Zhi Yee (Bekking Fencing Academy); 2. Junady Jeanna Leia Alis (Jung Fencing Academy); 3. Sahla Zahra Mohamad Affandi (MSN Terengganu) and Nabiela Natasha Mohamad Daud (MSN Terengganu).