Korean men’s sabre standout Oh Sang-wook (Daejeon Metropolitan Government) won a silver medal in the first international competition of the new season.
Oh finished runner-up to Bollard Affiti (FRA) in the men’s individual event at the Fédération Internationale de Fencing (FIE) Sabre World Cup in Algiers, Algeria, on Nov. 11 (local time).
Oh Sang-wook won his first individual tournament organized by the FIE in about seven months after the International Grand Prix in Seoul in April.
In the meantime, Oh won a gold medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, in September, defeating teammate Koo Bon-gil (Korea National Sports Promotion Organization) in the final to win the gold medal and leading the team to the title.
Oh, who was also in fine form at the National Games last month, winning both individual and team titles, said he hopes to be on the podium in individual events from the first international competition of the 2023-2024 season leading up to next year’s Paris Olympics.
On the day, Oh defeated Eli Dershwartz (USA) 15-9 in the round of 16, Colin Heathcock (USA) 15-14 in the quarterfinals, and Pietro Torre (ITA) 15-8 in the semifinals before falling 14-15 in the final against Apiti.
Teammate Ha Han-sol (Seongnam City Hall) finished 13th, Kim Jae-won (Daejeon University) was 15th, and Koo Bon-gil (Korea) was 35th.
In the women’s competition, Seo Ji-yeon (Ansan City Hall) was the highest individual finisher for South Korea in 21st place.
During the same period, Song Sera (Busan Metropolitan Government) finished ninth at the Women’s Epee World Cup in Legnano, Italy. 토토사이트