Ywen Lau (Grade 9, Dover Campus) has been selected to represent Singapore in Individual Women's Sabre fencing in the upcoming 2014 Asian Games in Korea. Ywen will be the youngest fencer in the Asian Games fencing competition.
The Asian Games (also called the Asiad) is a multi-sport event held every four years for athletes from all over Asia. The Games are organised by the Olympic Council of Asia and are recognised by the International Olympic Committee. They are often described as the second largest multi-sport event in the world, after the Olympic Games.
Ywen has represented Singapore internationally many times. She is currently ranked no 1 Senior in Singapore for Women's Sabre. A few months ago, she won Singapore's only international Senior competition - the Fencing Singapore International 2014. She is also the current South East Asian Fencing Cadet (U17) champion in Women's Sabre.
In July 2014, Ywen competed in the FIE zonal competition - the Asian Fencing Championships 2014, in Suwon, Korea (pictured, right). The field included many Olympians (including the 2012 gold medalist from Korea) and Asian Games medalists. Ywen fenced extremely well and reached the quarter finals of this important competition.
a. In the round of 64, Ywen beat Lin Yi Chun of Taiwan 15-6.
b. In the round of 32, Ywen beat Yuliya Zhivitsa of Kazakhstan 15-14; Zhivitsa fenced in the 2012 Olympics
c. In the round of 16, Ywen beat Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararaman Bhavani of India 15-12.
d. In the round of 8 (quarter-finals), Ywen lost to Chen Shen of China (8-15). Chen is currently ranked no 8 in the world.
Ywen is the youngest fencer in FIE history to reach the quarter-finals of an FIE Zonal championship. She is also the first Singaporean female fencer to reach the quarter finals of the Asian Fencing Championship.
Good luck Ywen!