Fencing: Nations Qualify After Olympic Asia-Oceania Zonal Tournament

Six nations qualified at least one athlete at the 2016 Asia-Oceania Fencing Olympic Zonal Tournament. Nations which have not qualified an athlete in the specific event were eligible to participate. The top ranked athlete in events with a team event (men’s epee, men’s foil, women’s epee, women’s sabre) qualified to the Olympics while the top three athletes in events with no team event (men’s sabre, women’s foil) qualified to the Olympics. The Asia-Oceania Olympic Zonal Tournament was held in Wuxi, China from April 11th to April 12th 2016.

The final of the women’s epee was between Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa and Kazakhstan’s Ulyana Balaganskaya after they defeated Singapore’s Chialing Chang 8-7 and Australia’s Joanna Hall 14-13 respectively. Nguyen won the tournament and qualified to the Olympics with a 15-5 victory over Balaganskaya.

The first two athletes to qualify in the men’s sabre were Vietnam’s Vu Thanh An and Kazakhstan’s Ilya Mokretcov whom defeated Kuwait’s Yousef Alshamlan and Japan’s Kenta Tokunan respectively. Tokunan won the third place match to grab the final quota.

Japan’s Shiho Nishioka and New Zealand’s Ping Yuan were the first to qualify in the women’s foil after defeating Hong Kong’s Lin Po Heung and Vietnam’s Do Thi Anh respectively. Lin won the third place match to grab the final quota.

In the women’s sabre Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Le Dung defeated Au Sin Ying of Hong Kong 15-10 to reach the finals. In the other semi-final it was Tiffany Dellaquila of Chinese Taipei whom defeated Singapore’s Ann Huimin Lee 15-13. Nguyen won the final and the Olympic quota by defeated Dellaquila 15-11.

The final in the men’s foil was between Hong Kong’s Cheung Ka Long and Chinese Taipei’s Ou Feng Meng as they defeated Kuwait’s Yaser Mohamad 15-10 and Iran’s Alireza Adhami 15-11. Cheung won the tournament and Olympic quota by defeating Ou 15-4.

The semi-final of the men’s epee saw Kuwait’s Abdulaziz Alshatti defeat Chinese Taipei’s Chen Tsung Lin 15-8 and Uzbekistan’s Ruslan Kudayev defeat Kyrgyzstan’s Alexander Chernykh 15-14. Alshatti won the final over Kudayev 15-12 to qualify to the Olympics. As a reminder Kuwait is currently suspended by the IOC. Should they remain suspended during the Olympics Kuwait’s athletes will participate under the Olympic flag.

This was the final opportunity for Asia-Oceania nations to qualify in fencing. The remaining zonal qualifications are expected to be completed over the next week.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Vietnam – 3
  • Hong Kong – 2
  • Japan – 2
  • Kazakhstan – 1
  • Kuwait – 1
  • New Zealand – 1

 

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