Members of the national junior fencing team posing for a group photo at the Brunei International Airport last Wednesday prior to leaving for the 2nd Southeast Asian Pacific (SEAP) Fencing Championships in Manila. Picture: Courtesy of Brunei Darussalam Fencing Federation
BRUNEI ended their 2nd Southeast Asian Pacific (SEAP) Fencing Championships campaign in Manila with a haul of one silver and one bronze medal after they failed to get on the podium in the men’s junior (Under-21) sabre team event yesterday.
The team of Anaqi Danish Asahrin, Md Hardiwan Shah Rahim and Mohd Hadi Sawal couldn’t replicate a bronze medal finish from the inaugural edition last year after falling 45-32 to Thailand in the last-eight of the event at the PhilSports Multipurpose Hall in Pasig City.
The Brunei Darussalam Fencing Federation (BDFF) secretary general Captain (U) Nashriq Moksin was still proud of the fencers despite the setback. “The whole team is devastated we couldn’t add another medal today, but the fencers did their best,” said Nashriq in a press release yesterday.
“As I said before, this year’s competition is much bigger and tougher. Nonetheless, I think we did very well despite the setbacks and I can see improvements – especially in the young fencers who are competing for the first time on the international stage,” he added.
“This is a good platform for the younger fencers to improve and perform at a different level. This will develop the competition mentality and confidence to accomplish at a high level such as the SEA Games. “Hopefully with this achievement, we will be able to recruit more fencers and be able to compete in the upcoming tournament in Brunei,” continued Nashriq.
The BDFF secretary general also went on to thank the parents for their continuous support and understanding as well as the Department of Youth and Sports. This year’s tally is an improvement from last year where they returned with two bronze medals.
Anaqi Danish gave the sultanate the best of starts after he won silver in the men’s cadet (under-17) individual sabre event on the opening day after falling 15-9 to Australian Jeremy Siu in last Sunday’s final.
Nadira Pang Mohd Rais Pang lost15-10 to the Philippines’ Drew Celso in the semi-finals of the women’s cadet individual sabre event to share bronze the next day.