Review of the Asian Fencing Championships 13-18 April, Wuxi


Park Kyoungdoo (KOR) won his second gold medal in men’s individual épée, following up on his gold medal success in 2009.

In total it was Park’s sixth medal in this event (G2-S1-B3), more than any other fencer since 2003.

Kazuyasa Minobe (JPN) claimed his second bronze medal in men’s individual épée. He also took home the bronze in 2015.

Men’s individual foil winner Cheung Ka Long (HKG) became the first fencer from Hong Kong (male or female, any discipline) to claim a gold medal at the Asian Fencing Championships (since 2003).

Prior to Cheung’s victory Hong Kong fencers had claimed three silver and 26 bronze medals (since 2003).

Kim Junghwan (KOR) won his third gold medal in men’s individual sabre and his second in a row.

Last year Kim dethroned Gu Bongil (KOR) who had won this event in three straight years from 2012-2014. Since 2003 no other fencer than Gu had won the men’s individual sabre event at consecutive Asian Championships.

Kim has now won three gold medals in this event (2009, 2015 and 2016), second only to Gu’s four (since 2003).

Men’s individual sabre has now been won by a Korean fencer at the last eight Asian Championships: Gu Bongil (4), Kim Junghwan (2) and Won Wooyoung (KOR, 1).

Silver medallist Ali Pakdaman (IRI) became the only competitor from a Western Asian country to medal at the 2016 Asian Fencing Championships.

Japan won men’s team épée, ending a run since 2008 in which either Korea (6) or Kazakhstan (2) won this event.

Before Japan's win, the last team other than Korea or Kazakhstan to claim gold in this event was China in 2007, when the competition was also held in China (Nantong).

Japan became only the fourth country since 2003 to win men’s team épée at the Asian Championships, after Korea (6 gold medals), Kazakhstan (4) and China (2).

Korea ended China’s two-year winning streak in men’s team foil. The last time China failed to win this event was in 2013 when the competition was also held in China (Shanghai).

Korea won its third medal in men’s team foil, after 2012 and 2013. Only China (9) has won more (since 2003).

Korea has now won the last four editions of men’s team sabre at the Asian Championships. The only other team to win this event at four consecutive editions was China in 2007-2010 (since 2003).

China was also the last team to win this event before Korea’s current winning streak commenced, as they won men’s team sabre in 2012.


Sun Yujie (CHN) became the eighth different fencer to win women’s individual épée since 2003.

With her gold medal Sun completed her medal set in this event as she had previously claimed silver in 2012 and bronze in 2013.

Since 2003 only Chinese (9) and Korean (4) fencers have won women’s individual épée.

Nam Hyunhee (KOR) has now won six of the last eight gold medals in women’s individual foil. Jeon Heesook (KOR, 2013 and 2015) claimed the other possible two gold medals in this span.

The last non-Korean to win women’s individual foil was Chieko Sugawara (JPN) in 2008.

Hwang Seona (KOR) – 26 years and 211 days old on the day of the final – became the second-oldest winner in women’s individual sabre (since 2003). Only Lee Minsun (KOR, 28 days and 91 days) was older when she claimed the gold medal in 2003.

Since 2003 only Chinese (8) and Korean (5) fencers have won women’s individual sabre.

Korea became the second team to win the women’s team epée in successive editions (since 2003), joining China who won five in a row twice: 2003-2008 and 2010-2014.

China won 10 of the last 13 gold medals in women’s team épée. Korea (2009, 2015 and 2016) are the only other team to have claimed gold in this time span.

China dethroned Korea in women’s team foil by beating the team 45-43 in the final.

Korea had won the last seven editions of this event (2009-2015), while China won the five editions prior (2003-2008).

Korea’s fourth silver medal put the country on a par with China (since 2003). Only Japan – who claimed the bronze medal in women’s team foil this year – has taken home the silver medal more often (5).

China (2010, 2012, 2014 and now 2016) and Korea (2011, 2013 and 2015) have won the gold medal alternately at the last seven Asian Championships in women's team sabre.

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