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UE fencers on the cusp of UAAP glory

University of the East won the two gold medals disputed in the women’s division Wednesday to boost its bid of regaining the throne in the UAAP Fencing Tournament at the Paco Arena.

UE’s Rein Bustos celebrates after claiming the gold medal in the women’s individual epee. (UAAP)

UE’s Rein Bustos celebrates after claiming the gold medal in the women’s individual epee. (UAAP)

The Lady Warriors made it 1-2 in the women’s individual saber event as Queendenise Dalmacio bested Elvielyn Joy Javinar, 15-5, in the final.

This came as Maxine Esteban lost her chance to retain the women’s individual saber crown – and Ateneo’s back-to-back championship after a 15-6 defeat to Javinar in the semifinals.

The 20-year old reigning women’s MVP, who won the individual foil Tuesday, failed to reach the podium in the individual epee.

The Blue Eagles bagged their first men’s gold as Jaime Viceo topped the individual foil event by nipping two-time MVP Sammuel Tranquilan of the Red Warriors by slimmest of margins, 15-14.

UE though remains on top of the men’s leaderboard with a 2-2-0 gold-silver-medal tally heading into Thursday’s team events.

With a 2-1-2 haul after two days, the Lady Warriors appeared headed to regaining the overall championship.

UE earned its first women’s gold courtesy of Rein Bustos, who beat University of Santo Tomas’ Marielle Peralta, 15-10, in the individual epee final.

UST’s Mira Dorimon and La Salle’s Divine Romero bagged the individual epee bronze medals.

UST’s Fhaym Sarrondo, meanwhile, joined Esteban in the individual saber podium.

UST’s Samuel Mangarin and De La Salle’s Jose Lorenzo Mercado took home the individual foil bronze.

 

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