SINGAPORE, June 3 (Bernama) -- After missing the fencing gold medal Wednesday, the Malaysian contingent are placing their hopes on swimming in their pursuit for the first gold medal tomorrow.
The national contingent almost clinched their first gold medal today, but men's individual sabre fencer Yu Peng Kean lost 4-15 in the semi-finals to Vu Thanh An of Vietnam.
Yu's brief loss of concentration cost him in a berth in the final.
The national contingent's hopes for a gold medal from fencer Natasha Ezzra Abu Bakar also went up in smoke when she lost in the quarter-finals of the women's individual foil event.
The bronze medalist in the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia was edged out by host country fencer Wenying Wang 14-15 at the OCBC Arena, Singapore Sports Hub.
However, the synchronished swimming team brought some cheers when the national team won a silver medal in the team free routine event.
With that, Malaysia now placed its hopes on Katrina Ann Abdul Hadi and Zylan Lee to capture the gold medal in the duet technical and free event.
With just two days of competition, the hosts are leading the medal tally with five gold, three silver and three bronze.
They were followed by Vietnam (2-0-3) and Thailand (0-2-4), while Malaysia is in the fourth place with one silver and two bronze medals.