[Tilu News]The Japanese leg of the Men’s Foil World Cup held in Tokoname held a team competition on Sunday (10th). The Hong Kong team composed of Zhang Jialang, Cai Junyan, Cui Haoran and Wu Nokhong ranked third in the world. After losing to the United States, ranked second in the world, Italy, they defeated Japan, the world’s No. 1 team, 45:35 in the bronze medal match, and stepped onto the World Cup podium again after more than three years.
Cai Junyan, who won the bronze medal in the individual competition on Saturday, moved to the team competition today with Zhang Jialang, Cui Haoran and Wu Nokhong. The Hong Kong team, currently ranked 6th in the team world, had a bye in the top 32. After defeating Belgium, ranked 12th, 45:36 in the top 16, they subsequently met the top three teams in the world. The Hong Kong team first defeated the third-ranked United States 45:30 in the quarterfinals, and then lost to the second-ranked Italy 40:45 in the quarterfinals, competing with the first-ranked Japan for the bronze medal.
The Hong Kong team was slightly behind 4:5 in the first game, and then Zhang Jialang’s “Pai Dan” hit 6:0 to take the lead, and they never fell behind again after that. Japan kept clinging to the Hong Kong team in the subsequent rounds. At the end of the 5th and 6th rounds, the Hong Kong team only led by 1 point. However, Ng Nok-hong’s 5-0 score in the 7th game became the key for the Hong Kong team to widen the gap. Choi Jun-yin and Cheung Ka-lang widened the gap in the next two games. In the end, the Hong Kong team defeated Japan 45:35 and won the bronze medal. This is the second time that the men’s Hua Hong Kong team has stood on the podium of a World Cup event after the Egypt leg in February 2020.
In terms of qualifying for the Paris Olympics, the Hong Kong team is temporarily ranked 6th in the Olympic team rankings after completing this event. There are still two World Cup team events left before the scoring deadline on April 1, 2024, which are Paris, France in January 2024. and Cairo, Egypt, in February. The Hong Kong team needs to strive to become the “top four in the world” or the “number one in Asia” after the top four in order to qualify for the Paris Olympics team and three individual competitions.
This article is written by “Sportsroad“Originally published in “[Fencing World Cup]Wu Nuohong’s “egg distribution” in the seventh game opened the men’s Hua Hong Kong team to defeat Japan and win the bronze」
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