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CHINA HOSTS BIGGEST ACC EVENT

As predicted, China's debut in the Asian Cadet Circuit was the biggest to date. Four hundred fencers from fourteen (14) countries trooped to the Wuxi Taihu International Expo Centre to compete in the two-day event. The Organizers laid out a total of 32 pistes to accommodate all six (6) individual events.

The simple Opening Ceremony was held on the first day of competition with FIE Vice President, Donald Anthony. FCA President, Celso Dayrit, CFA President Wang Haibin and officials of the Wuxi Municipal Sports Burea in attendance.

Boys Individual Foil, Girls Individual Foil and Boys Individual Epee saw action on the first day of competition. The Chinese fencers dominated both the Boys and Girls Individual Foil with all medals won by them. Xu Hongbin (CHN) won over Chen Yining (CHN) 15/13 to take the gold. Winning the bronze medals were Xu Jie and Liu Yingjie. In the distaff side, Huang Qianqian (CHN) clinch the gold medal after beating Gu Jun (CHN) 15/10 in the finals. Wu Jiawei (CHN) and Song Sihong (CHN) won bronze medals. In Boys Individual Epee, the medals were shared by Singapore and China. Lee Simon Renjie (SGP) beat Gong Xiaofeng (CHN) 15/12 to take away the gold. Another fencer from Singapore, Elliot Han and Chinese fencer Chen Junji both took the bronze medals.

On the second day of competition, the Girls Individual Epee was again dominted by the Chinese when all medals went to China in this event. Ke Yuanrui came out on top when she won against Yang Jingwen 15/10 in the finals while Wang Xiaoxue and Qu Qianqian took home the bronze medals. Stephanie Jen of Chinese Taipei won the gold in Girls Individual Sabre after she beat Xu Ying of China 15/12. The two bronze medals went to Anna Li and Zhang Chenxi both from China. Meanwhile, the Boys Individual Sabre was an all Uzbekistan finals when Genje Pazilbek fenced against team mate Mamutov Sherzod. The gold eventually went to Pazilbek after he beat Sherzon in a tightly contested bout ending in 15/14. Chan Lok Hey Royce (HKG) and Sun Yueyuan (CHN) then took the bronze medals.

Though only on its second year, the Asian Cadet Circuit (ACC) has been gaining popularity with the increasing number of participants and more countries offering to host the ACC events.