Hong Kong tired major rivals South Korea to spread semi-finals in Paris with one requirement round residual. The city has never been signified by a fencing team in the Olympic 2020 and the vision is now close to realism.
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Hong Kong’s men’s foil side moved a step nearer to their Olympic 2020 debut with a morale-boosting fourth-place finish in fencing’s World Cup sequence in Paris on Sunday night. Through only one round to go beforehand, the qualification movement ends in Cairo next month, Hong Kong is in the fourth position with 252 points, two points above regional rivals South Korea. The top four teams will all qualify for the Tokyo, Olympic 2020 Games, along with the next four best continental finishers.
“It’s not cool to reach the top four in a World Cup series, particularly as the Olympic 2020 qualification is now final in, supposed Wong Tsan, a member of the side foil that won a bronze medal at the 1990 Asian Sports, Hong Kong’s first major international honor in the game. I would say their probabilities are now over 90 percent. All they need to do is to keep their presence in the last qualification round and we can achieve the advance of sending a fencing team to the Olympic 2020 Games.”
The quartet of Cheung Ka-long, Ryan Choi Chun-yin, Cheung Siu-Lun, and Lawrence Ng Lok-Wang overwhelmed their Asian rivals South Korea 45-41 in the quarter-finals but could do little to halt world number one the United States in the next round as they were beaten 45-27 for a place in the final. They wasted the podium by losing to France 45-38 in the bronze-medal play-off. Hong Kong’s best result was a second place in the St Petersburg leg of the series.
Wong, a previous Commonwealth foil separate champion, supposed the main hazard might come from Russia, now sixth in the qualification rankings and eight points overdue Hong Kong.
“They can still qualify for Tokyo Olympic Games as the best continental finisher nonetheless they are frantic to get a better ranking for a better draw in the Olympic 2020. If both Russia and South Korea overhaul us in the next round in Cairo, we are in countless trouble.”
In the épée World Series leg in Havana, Vivian Kong Man-wai lost her world number-one spot afterward a mediocre act. The wonderful of Hong Kong fencing over a disappointing 33rd in the Cuban capital where she was capped the champion a year ago. Kong, now third in the statuses, only healthier lately in time for the season after harmful a cruciate ligament at the world championships in July in Budapest anywhere she captured a bronze medal.
Her diffident finish in Cuba should have little influence on her Olympic 2020 qualification campaign as she can still make it to the Tokyo Olympic Games as the best regional individual finisher overdue China and South Korea, who are like to qualify as a side with an additional three athletes each in the separate event.