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WORLD NUMBER ONE BONGIL GU WINS SIXTH ASIAN FENCING CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

South Korean fencer Bongil Gu has won his sixth Asian Fencing Championship gold after defeating compatriot Junghwan Kim in today's sabre final in Bangkok.

Gu booked his place in the final with a tough victory over Iran's Ali Pakdaman in the semi-finals, 15-13 at the Rangsit Campus.

The 29-year-old then won the final 15-12 to add to his extensive medal collection that already included two World Championship silvers, one World Championship bronze and seven World Cup golds.

The other competition in the Thai capital today was the women's epee.

That event was won by Hong Kong's Man Wai Vivian Kong, the world number 16. She won a tense final that eventually saw her triumph 10-9 in a surprise result, over another South Korean, Young Mi Kang, the world number six.

Kong's route to the final was very similar to that experienced by Gu in the men's sabre.

She won her quarter final comfortably 13-5, before a close semi-final against the world number 23 Hyein Lee ended 15-14.