Grade 10 student wins gold in World Fencing Championships
UWCSEA Grade 10 student Ywen Lau took the gold in the Cadet World Championship in Bourges, France on 3 April and is now the Women's Sabre Cadet World Champion 2016!
Dover student Ywen entered the championship seeded 5th, won all six of her poule bouts, conceding only 11 points. After the poules she was ranked 2nd. She had a bye to the top 32, breezed through that 15-3 over Switzerland and beat Spain in top 16, score 15-7. Her quarter final was against Takashima of Japan, the current Asian Cadet Champion, who had beaten Ywen 15-13 in the Asian Cadet Finals. Ywen was trailing 14-10, but managed to win 15-14! In the semis she met the European Cadet Champion from Hungary. Ywen fenced well, catching up from behind and winning 15-13. In the finals against Germany's number 1 junior (U20) fencer, she again was behind at first, but kept her composure and won 15-14!
Ywen's win will go down in history as she is the first Southeast Asian fencer to ever win a World Fencing Championship.
Congratulations to Ywen on her tremendous achievement!