NICANOR, ABELLA, PEREZ FALL SHORT OF TOKYO OLYMPICS SPOTS
Filipino fencing bets vying for spots in the Tokyo Olympics bowed out in the Asia Oceania Olympic Qualifiers in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Monday.
2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Jylyn Nicanor failed to advance in the semifinals after absorbing a 12-15 setback to third-seed Lam Hin Wai of Hong Kong in the women’s individual sabre event.
Nicanor advanced in the knockout round of the competition after winning half of her matches in the pools and received a bye in the Round of 16 as the sixth seed.
Three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player and SEAG bronze medalist Nathaniel Perez was not able to sustain his momentum crashing out in the Round of 16 after losing to Chinese Taipei’s Chih Chieh Chen, 9-15, in the men’s foil.
Perez swept the pool rounds and was seeded into number four as the three top seeds were exempted from the pools including men’s foil winner Huang Mengkai of China.
In the last campaign of the Philippines in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Hanniel Abella finished as the 10th seed in the pool round and was dominated by Mongolia’s Amarzaya Batsaikhan, 3-15, in the women’s epee’s Table of 16.
Abella was part of the women’s epee team that clinched the gold medal during the 29th SEAG in the Phillippines.
The trio carried the same fate as Samantha Catantan, CJ Concepcion, and Noelito Jose Jr. who were also unsuccessful in their Olympic bids on Sunday.