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ASIA'S BIG 3 SHINE IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

At the conclusion of the World Fencing Championships held at the Arena in Leipzig Germany, the three strongest fencing federations in Asia emerged victorious, bringing home a combined total of one Gold medal, four silvers, and one bronze.

Leading the honors for Asia was Korea which won the gold in the Men's Team event overpowering team Hungary, 45-22. Korea also won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, but was their first gold in this event in the world championships.

Korea also brought home the silver medal in the Men's Individual Saber event courtesy of GU BONGIL who lost to Hungary's Andras Szatmari, 15-12. Korea also won another silver in the Women's Team Saber event.

Japan shined in the Men's Individual Foil event with two of their fencers landing with a podium finish. Japan's Toshiya Saito won the silver medal after giving a brave fight against Russia's Dmitry Zherebchenko, but came short with a 12-15. It was however a high performance for Saito who beat reigning Olympic champion Italian Daniele Garozzo in the semi-finals. Saito's teammate Takahiro Shikine saved the bronze medal after losing to Zherebchenko in the other semi-finals.

Japan also had a shining moment in the women's individual event when three of its fencers entered the top eight. Misaki Emura, Shihomi Fukushima, and Norika Tamura. China salvaged the Silver medal in the Women's Team Epee event, losing to Estonia by a score of 45-33 in the finals. The Chinese won the gold in the 2015 World Championships and in the 2012 London Olympic Games. China overcame Korea in the semi-finals, 40-32.