The 6th Asian U-23 Fencing Championships was held successfully at the My Dinh Gymnasium in Hanoi, Vietnam from October 26-31, 2017. There were 248 participants from 21 countries.
The medal haul was dominated by the Koreans winning gold medals in 10 events. The only weapon that the Koreans did not dominate was Men's Individual and Team Foil which were convincingly won by the Hong Kong team.
On the first day of competition, Korean fencers, Kim Hyeji and Ko Chaeeun finished first and second respectively in Women's Individual Foil. Cheung Kimberly Vanessa of Hong Kong and Haruka Yanaoka from Japan shared third place. Meanwhile in Men's Individual Sabre, Lee Jonghyun (KOR) dominated Vu Van Hung (VIE) in the finals while Yousef Alshamlan representing FCA and another Korean Kim Giwon settled for third place.
The Women's Individual Sabre event was clearly dominated by the Koreans with Yun Soyeon, Yang Yesol, Kim Jihyeon finishing first, second and third. The other third place finisher was Man Ngai See Moriah of Hong Kong. In Men's Individual Epee Hong Kong's Ho Sze Hou lost the gold to Korean Jeong Wonsik, 15-10 after a convincing win over Kodai Tajiri 15-4 in the semi-finals. The other semi-finalist who had to settle for a third place finish was Ng Ho Tin of Hong Kong after losing to Jeong.
It was an all Hong Kong finals in the Men's Individual Foil between Cheung Ka Long and Choi Chun Yin Ryan. Cheung was the eventual winner when he clearly dominated the bout 15-4. Koreans, Hong Sungwon and Seo Myeong Cheol had to settle for third place. However, the Women's Individual Epee was again dominated by the Koreans when Shin Hyuna, Lee Sinhee and So Miran finished first, second and third. The other third place finisher was Hong Kong's Ho Tik Lam Debbie.
The Team Events was underway starting on the 4th day of competition. The Koreans were the clear winner after beating the Japanese women's foil team 45-30 in the finals. The Philippines finally landed on the medal tally when they finished third along with the Hong Kong Women's Foil Team. In the Men's Team Sabre event, host country Vietnam won its second silver medal when it lost to Korea in the finals while Hong Kong and FCA had to settle for third place finishes.
Kazakhstan won its lone medal when they had to settle for a second place finish behind the Koreans in the Women's Team Sabre Event. The third place finishers were Hong Kong and Vietnam. In the Men's Epee Team Vietnam won a third silver medal after losing to Korea 45-37. During the semi-finals, Vietnam moved into the finals after beating Hong Kong while the Koreans won over Japan.
On the last day of competition, the Hong Kong Men's Foil Team sealed their dominance in the event when they again won gold in the team event after beating the Koreans in the finals. Japan and Philippines shared bronze medal finishes. In Women's Team Epee the Koreans narrowly beat the Hong Kong team when they won gold after a very close 41-42 bout while Vietnam and Australia settled for bronze medals.