Lau Ywen reacts during her championship match at the 2016 Cadet & Junior World Fencing Championships. (Photo: Serge Timacheff/International Fencing Federation)
Lau Ywen first picked up a fencing foil at the age of six simply because she wanted to join her older sister in the sport, having watched Ysien start off two years earlier.
“I knew that I was quite good in Singapore, but I didn’t think I would go that far,” she told Yahoo Singapore last Friday at the sidelines of the Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF)-Peter Lim Scholarship awards ceremony, where she was a recipient.
In this case, “far” refers to her historic triumph at the Cadet & Junior World Fencing Championships a month earlier, where she won the women’s cadet individual sabre event.
The 16-year-old beat three of the world’s current top five under-17 sabre fencers - Asian champion Risa Takashima (quarter-final), European champion Liza Pusztai (semi-final) and Larissa Eifler (final) - to clinch Singapore’s first world titleRead More »from World champion teen fencer Lau Ywen aims to make Olympic history