Though the Chinese national fencing side has skilled setbacks in current years, Zhong Man, former Olympic champion and coach of the Chinese saber side, says he has high prospects for the future Tokyo Olympic Games.
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“Chinese fencing struggled after 2016, but now we are making steady improvements,” Zhong told media at the 2019 Sports Star Award ceremony in Beijing.
Afterward its top in the London Olympics with two gold and one bronze medals, China skilled a downfall after Rio 2016 as many good fencers superannuated, including Zhong, the 2008 Olympic men’s saber champion.
In the following years, the team struggled to bring itself back to its former level. On the 2018 World Championships, China only won one figurine medal in women’s side epee, and the best record for separate fencers was the seventh place. But Zhong is hopeful about the future of this team and its chances in the Tokyo Olympic.
“The Chinese Fencing Association experienced a detailed reform under a new leader. We are coming back at an amazing rate. For instance, at this year’s World Championships, we won gold in women’s side epee, and a silver in the separate event. We hope to carry the impetus to Tokyo Olympic,” the 36-year-old supposed.
“By way of for the women’s saber side, there’s not a world champion, however, nonetheless we’ve got some talents that have recurrent podium surfaces in international tournaments and we are progressively refining. As the coach, I know there’s possible to tap into earlier Tokyo Olympic,” Zhong continued.
“Of course, the Olympic 2020 Games are full of doubt. You won’t be able to know who wins until the last second. Sometimes it only takes one or two points to decide the winner. For the upcoming Olympic 2020, I hope the Chinese fencing team can win one or two gold medals.”
Zhong developed the first Chinese male fencer to win Olympic gold at Beijing 2008. Afterward a productive 10-year expert career, he retired in 2017 and developed the coach of the Chinese saber side.