|Nguyễn Thị Như Hoa (second, left) poses with other fencers after winning her gold a the National Fencing Championships in Hà Nội on September 21. — Photo hanoimoi.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Olympian Nguyễn Thị Như Hoa won the women’s individual epee title at the National Fencing Championship on September 21 in Hà Nội.
Hanoian Hoa overcame Nguyễn Thị Quyên of Bắc Ninh in the final match after defeating 18 rivals in the previous rounds at the Trịnh Hoài Đức Gymnasium.
Nguyễn Thanh Vân of Hà Nội and Trần Phương Hồng from Bình Phước shared the bronze medal.
Earlier, Phạm Quốc Tài beat Nguyễn Quốc Oai in an all-Hà Nội final of the men’s individual foil event.
Nguyễn Minh Quang, another Hà Nội representative, and Nguyễn Chiến Thắng of HCM City came third.
According to Phạm Anh Tuấn, manager of the Hà Nội International Fencing Club, the tournament is a real opportunity to evaluate athletes’ abilities, so that fencing officials can draw long-term plans in preparation for upcoming important competitions, such as the SEA Games next year, the Asian Games in 2018 and the 2020 Olympic qualification.
The national championship attracted six delegations. It kicked off on September 21 and will end four days later. — VNS