Tinio's silver in fencing puts PHI in SEA Games medal tally

Mark Escarlote on Jun 03, 2015 09:14 PM
Tinio's silver in fencing puts PHI in SEA Games medal tally
Foil bet Justine Gail Tinio's silver medal officially puts the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games medal tally.

SINGAPORE --- Sorry hindi ko po nakuha 'yung gold.

Apologetic even after an impressive fight against a much taller opponent, fencing bet Justine Gail Tinio showed the true fighting spirit of a Filipino in taking a silver medal that glittered like gold Wednesday night at the OCBC Arena Hall here.    

Tinio bowed to Singaporean Wenying Wang in the women’s individual foil final, 7-15, Wednesday night but still delivered the first medal that put the PHI in the medal tally.    

An impressive feat for a first timer.

Tinio was aggressive in the duel but the height and reach advantage of 5-foot-9 Wang coupled by her precision counter attacks were just too much for the Pinay fencer, who is seven inches smaller than her opponent.

The Singaporean blanked Tinio, 3-0, after the opening three-minute clash of swords and raced to a 5-0 advantage.

Tinio fought back to close the gap at 4-7 but Wang scored the next six hits to pull away.              

The 19-years-old University of the East star, who won three gold medals and a silver in the UAAP, sliced her way into the Final Four after a 15-13 win against May Tinzar Kyaw of Myanmar in the quarterfinals.

In the semis, Tinio outclassed her opponent Thi Hoai Thu Nguyen 15-6 with the Pinay medalist overpowering the hapless Vietnamese 12-4 in the first period.

But the tough competition she fought through the whole day that started early in the morning in the pool round took its toll on the 5-foot-2 77th UAAP Most Valuable Player.

“Naramdaman ko na yung pagod po. Hirap na po ako huminga pero pinipilit ko pa rin po ang makakaya ko,” said Tinio, who will still compete in the team foil event on June 6.               

Watch Tinio's post match interview here:


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