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Hong Kong fencer Cheung Ka-long wins gold in Tokyo

2021-07-26 HKT 20:29
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  • Cheung Ka-long's gold is only the second that Hong Kong has ever won at an Olympic Games. Photo: AP
    Cheung Ka-long's gold is only the second that Hong Kong has ever won at an Olympic Games. Photo: AP
Hong Kong’s top male fencer Cheung Ka-long has claimed gold at the Tokyo Olympic Games – after defeating the reigning Olympic champion, Daniele Garozzo of Italy, 15-11 in a nail-biting final of the men’s individual foil.

His gold is Hong Kong’s first medal in the sport, second-ever gold, and fourth Olympics medal in history.

Cheung went down 1-4 early on in the contest, before rallying and taking five straight points to go up 6-4 and pulling away to 10-5.

But the Italian fought back to defend his Olympic crown, taking Cheung to 13-11.

With a gold medal on the line, Cheung held his nerve taking the next two points to close out the final 15-11.

Speaking immediately after the final, Cheung said he was finding it difficult to believe he had actually won gold.

He said he hoped this has a positive impact on fencing in Hong Kong and shows that local fencers can win not only in Asia, but also on the world stage.

Cheung, a former junior world champion, had already made history in his run to the final by becoming Hong Kong’s first fencer to reach an Olympic semi-final.

To get there, the 24-year-old beat the top-seeded Italian Alessio Foconi, 15-3, then followed that up with a thrilling come-from-behind 15-14 victory over ROC athlete Kirill Borodachev.

Alexander Choupenitch was Cheung’s next victim – the Czech Republic fencer going down 15-10 in the semi-finals to guarantee that Hong Kong would be getting its first medal in Tokyo.

In the bronze medal bout, Choupenitch defeated Japan’s Takahiro Shikine 15-8.