Raguin salvages silver in women's epee; Perez takes foil bronze

Mark Escarlote on Jun 04, 2015 09:08 PM
Raguin salvages silver in women's epee
Lamang ako kaso lang noong nag-start na siyang mag-change ng action niya, napu-push niya ako medyo nag-iba na rin yung pakiramdam ko. Naapektuhan na pati ang laro ko --- Harlene Raguin

SINGAPORE --- Another missed golden opportunity.

Filipina fencing bet Harlene Raguin wasted a four-point lead and watched in dismay as top seed opponent Thi Len Thran of Vietnam took away a come-from-behind 11-7 win in the women’s epee finals Thursday night at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 here.

Raquin gave the Philippines its second silver medal in the sport a day before the formal opening ceremony on Friday at the National Stadium.

The 31-year-old product of University of Sto. Tomas was ahead, 5-1, in the second period after scoreless first three minutes.

But the smaller Vietnamese changed her style of attack, hitting lower to score points against the 5-foot-10 Pinay.

“Lamang ako kaso lang noong nag-start na siyang mag-change ng action niya, napu-push niya ako medyo nag-iba na rin yung pakiramdam ko. Naapektuhan na pati ang laro ko,” said Raguin.

It was a sweet revenge long overdue for Thran after Raguin eliminated her in the 2007 Thailand SEA Games in the semifinals. Raguin eventually took silver in that edition.

Thran tied the duel at 6-6 before taking the lead, 8-6, and Raguin never recovered.

SEA Games rookie Justine Gail Tinio put the Philippines in the medal tally Wednesday night, salvaging a silver medal after losing to taller and more experienced Singaporean foe.

Here is Raguin’s interview after the match:

Meanwhile, men’s foil bet Nathaniel Perez settled for a bronze medal after a painful 14-15 defeat at the hands of Min Quang Nguyen in the semifinals that saw the Filipino hold a 9-8 advantage after the first period before getting outpointed by his foe in the next three minutes of duel.


Here is Perez’s interview after the match:

 

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