Nineteen-year-old Edgar Cheung Ka-long has secured a spot at the Rio Olympics! On Tuesday, he earned a title in the men’s foil individual at the 2016 Asian Fencing Championships in Wuxi, China. He is the first Hongkonger to win gold in this event.
Cheung in the semi-final scored an impressive 15-7 win against 2012 London Olympic champion China’s Lei Sheng. Cheung was behind at the beginning by 1-4, but managed to make a strong comeback by adjusting his strategies and rhythm. After taking the lead by 9-6, Cheung's confidence grew, and it showed in how his game improved. He dominated the rest of the semi-final and finally defeated Lei by a close 15-14.
The final was even more nail-biting as Cheung and Japan’s Takahiro Shikine competed to the point of a tie multiple times. When they reached a 9-9 tie, Shikine dominated the match by scoring five times in a row. Although Cheung was behind by 9-14, he managed to fight back to a 14-14 tie. After that, Cheung went on the offensive and defeated his Japanese opponent by 15-7.
"My goal was to represent Hong Kong at the Rio Olympics, so this is like a dream come true," said a delighted Cheung. "It has been nerve-racking ever since I found out I had to compete in the zonal qualification."