SEA Games: Jonathan Au Eong is first Singaporean fencer to win men's foil event

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Singapore fencer Jonathan Au Eong roars after winning his men's individual foil final at the Hanoi SEA Games. (PHOTO: SNOC/ Kelly Wong)
Singapore fencer Jonathan Au Eong roars after winning his men's individual foil final at the Hanoi SEA Games. (PHOTO: SNOC/ Kelly Wong)

SINGAPORE — Fencer Jonathan Au Eong earned Singapore's 10th gold medal at the Hanoi SEA Games in the men's individual foil competition at the Hanoi Indoor Games Palace on Sunday (15 May).

The 21-year-old Games debutant defeated the Philippines' Nathaniel Perez Mangubat 15-8 in the final to become the first Singaporean fencer to win the event. Before these Games, Singapore's best-ever result in the men's individual foil competition had been a silver medal.

"It feels quite surreal. I didn’t come into the competition with much expectations, I just wanted to give my best and I’m very happy with the result," Au Eong told reporters after his victory.

"I’ve never had the chance to represent Singapore at a major Games before, it’ll definitely be a long lasting memory."

Au Eong had defeated 2019 silver-medallist Hans Yoong 15-11 in the semi-final to earn his place in the final.

Another Singaporean fencer, Jessica Ong, clinched the silver medal in the women's individual sabre competition, after losing 11-15 to Vietnam's Bui Thi Thu Ha in the final.

Singapore women's table tennis head coach Jing Junhong (second from right) speaking to Wong Xin Ru during the women's team final at the Hanoi SEA Games. (PHOTO: Sport Singapore/ Alfie Lee)
Singapore women's table tennis head coach Jing Junhong (second from right) speaking to Wong Xin Ru during the women's team final at the Hanoi SEA Games. (PHOTO: Sport Singapore/ Alfie Lee)

Slew of silver medals won by Singapore

Ong's silver is one of eight won by Singapore athletes before the swimming finals on Sunday. The women's table tennis team, which had won the gold medal in every edition since 1999, were stunningly beaten 0-3 by Thailand in the final at the Hai Duong Gymnasium to lose their nine-gold streak.

At the Heron Lake Golf Course, golfer Aloysa Atienza shot a superb seven-under-par 65 in her final round to climb from fourth position in the women's individual competition to earn the silver medal.

Wushu athlete Jowen Lim earned his second silver at the Games, scoring 19.38 points to come in second in the men's daoshu/gunshu event at the Cau Giay Gymnasium. The 23-year-old had earlier clinched a silver medal in the men's changquan competition.

Gymnast Terry Tay came in second in the floor exercise final at the Quan Ngua Sports Palace, scoring 14.033 points to finish behind Filipino world champion Carlos Yulo (15.200 points).

High jumper Michelle Sng cleared 1.75 metres to earn a silver, as Vietnam's Dien Pham Thi won gold with a clearance of 1.78m.

Jujitsu athlete Tang Yong Siang lost out in the men's U-56kg final via the judges' decision after going the distance with Vietnam's Dao Hong Son.

The men's xiangqi blitz team of Ngo Lan Huong and Low Yi Hao also won a silver medal after amassing three wins, one draw and two losses in their competition.

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