SINGAPORE: They gave it their best – and bronze was all they could get.
The Malaysian fencers went down fighting 45-37 to Vietnam in the men’s team sabre semi-finals at the OCBC Arena.
Only eight teams took part in the event and all the teams began from the quarter-final stage, with Malaysia beating the Philippines 45-30.
In the semi-finals, Yu Peng Kean, who bagged the individual sabre bronze on Thursday, lost all his three matches – 5-4 to Nguyen Xuan Lai, 5-3 to Bui Van Thi and 5-4 to Vu Thanh An.
“I gave my best but the Vietnamese fencers were just too good. They’ve made tremendous improvement since the 2011 Palembang SEA Games.
“I’m satisfied with my overall performance, although I only managed to win two bronze medals,” said the 24-year-old Peng Kean, who bagged one gold and one bronze in the sabre team and individual events in Palembang.
Wong Tzer Chyuan brought some cheer to the Malaysian camp by bouncing back from a 5-1 loss to Thanh An to win his next two matches with identical 8-5 scorelines over Xuan Lai and Van Tai.
But it was shortlived as Nicholas Lindbichler Adam failed to deliver the winning points for Malaysia as he drew 5-5 against Van Tai and lost 5-2 to both Thanh An and Xuan Lai.
The Star Online