Fencers impress in Manila

Nadira Pang Mohd Rais Pang (2nd R) posing with the bronze medal she won at the 2nd Southeast Asia Pacific (SEAP) Fencing Championships in Manila yesterday with the rest of the national fencing team. Picture: Courtesy of Captain (U) Nashriq Moksin


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - THE national cadet fencing team continued their strong showing at the 2nd Southeast Asia Pacific (SEAP) Fencing Championships in Manila after adding a bronze during yesterday’s second day of action.

Nadira Pang Mohd Rais Pang clinched the shared bronze medal after losing 15-10 to the Philippines’ Drew Celso in the semi-finals of the women’s cadet (under-17) individual sabre event. Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Quynh finished at the top of the podium after edging Celso 15-13 in the final at the PhilSports Multipurpose Hall in Pasig City.

Anaqi Danish Asahrin bagged silver for the Sultanate in the men’s cadet individual sabre event after losing to Australian Jeremy Siu 15-9 in the final on Sunday.

This year’s haul surpasses that of two years ago when Brunei returned two bronze medals from the inaugural edition.

National fencing coach Rocky Poerawinata is proud of Nadira and hopes she will be able to take it up a notch.

“Nadira is a fencer who is only 14 years and still has three more years to compete in the cadet category before moving into the junior category,” said Rocky in an interview with The Brunei Timesyesterday.

“I will continue to train this potential athlete to improve technically, tactically and strategically in order to be able to do better in the future.

“We are also looking to enter her into the Sports Academy intake for this year,” he added.

“I would also like to thank her parents, JBS (the Department of Youth and Sports) and BDFF (Brunei Darussalam Fencing Federation ) for their cooperation that these young athletes and potential get the full support,” continued the Indonesian.

Nadira got her campaign off to a good start after recording four victories in her six matches to seed third going into the second round.

Her younger sister Naila Nasibah Pang was not able to make it out of the group stage.

Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains) student Nadira moved into the quarter-finals after beating Andria Marie of the Philippines 15-10, setting her up with a meeting against second seed Carla Arreza.

The Bruneian secured a podium finish after edging the Filipina 15-13 to move into the last-four.

BDFF secretary general Captain (U) Nashriq Moksin expressed his delight with the medal haul in a press release yesterday.

“Another good result from the young Brunei fencers but it was just unlucky that we didn’t get two medals today (Monday) from both sisters,” said Nashriq.

“Nonetheless, it is wonderful news for us.

“All focus will now go to the Junior category that will start on Thursday.”

A total of 10 fencers from Brunei – arriving on three different delegations – are taking part in both the cadet and junior (Under-21) categories.

-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times