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HK's men's foil fencing team bow out in quarter-final

2021-08-01 HKT 11:18
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  • The bout was sometimes acrobatic, but Russia were just too good. Photo: AFP
    The bout was sometimes acrobatic, but Russia were just too good. Photo: AFP
  • The Russians led from start to finish, dropping only three of the nine bouts, and ran out 45-39 winners. Photo: AFP
    The Russians led from start to finish, dropping only three of the nine bouts, and ran out 45-39 winners. Photo: AFP
Hong Kong's men's foil fencing team missed out on a shot at the medals on Sunday when they were outfought by the team of the Russian Olympic Committee.

The Russians led from start to finish, dropping only three of the nine bouts, and ran out 45-39 winners.

The Hong Kong quartet of gold medallist Cheung Ka-long, Ryan Choi, Lawrence Ng and Cheung Siu-lun were a good match for the Russian team of Kirill Borodachev, Vladislav Mylnikov and Anton Borodachev, but ultimately fell short.

They then went on to lose their classification match with Germany 45-to-38, but easily outclassed Egypt to win 45-21, and finished seventh overall.

Afterwards the team said it was a pity that they had lost to the Russian Olympic Committee, and vowed to do better at the Paris Olympics in 2024.

They said they probably didn't warm up enough before playing the strong Russian team, and would see the match as a valuable experience.

The team's coach, Greg Koenig, also shared their disappointment.

"I wanted us to qualify first and when we qualified, I wanted everyone to come here to get a medal, so of course I am but I know they are also disappointed with the results," coach Greg said.

"We will come back stronger in three years."