Pinoy fencers bag 3 golds in Asean fencing tilt

 

(Editor’s Note: This story came out of the Facebook page of the author who works for DZSR Sports Radio 918, which is under the Philippine Broadcasting Service.)

 

MANILA–The Philippines ended years of frustrations against neighboring Asean countries by capturing three gold, two silver and five bronze medals haul en route to a third place overall finish in the just-concluded Southeast Asian Fencing Championships held in Singapore.

The Philippine Men’s Foil team of Brennan Louie, Nathaniel Perez, Samuel Tranquilan and Michael Nicanor avenged a string of losses to SEA Games champion Singapore with a close 45-43 victory to claim the gold medal.

The Filipinos, who dominated Vietnam 45-30 in the semis, have never won the Men’s Foil Team gold either in Southeast Asian Championships or Sea Games since 2013.

The Philippine men's foil team in fencing regained its lofty place in Southeast Asia after upsetting Singapore in the recent Southeast Asian Fencing Championships (photo from the Facebook account of national player Nathaniel Perez)

The Philippine men’s foil team in fencing regained its lofty place in Southeast Asia after upsetting Singapore in the recent Southeast Asian Fencing Championships (photo from the Facebook account of national player Nathaniel Perez)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Women’s Epee squad of Harlene Orendain, Gabrielle Estimada and Hanniel Abella was not to be left behind with its own gold medal victory, edging powerhouse Vietnam, 45-42.

Filipino-American Brennan Louie bagged the gold in the Men’s Individual Foil event. The silver medalists include Noelito Jose in Men’s Epee, and the Women’s Saber Team.

The bronze medal winners were Perez in (Men’s Individual Foil), Harlene Orendain (Women’s Epee Individual) and the Women’s Foil, Men’s Epee and Men’s Saber teams.

Vietnam topped the six-nation tournament with five gold medals.The Philippines came in a strong third at 3-2-5 haul, a vast improvement to its 0-4-2 showing in last year’s SEA Games. Host Singapore finished second with the same number of 3 golds but more number of silver and bronze medals.

The coaches of the team were Ramil Endriano, Oniong Vizcayno, and Ricardo Fuenzalida.

 

 

About JUDITH CARINGAL (DZSR Sports Radio 918kHz)