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Sports Competitors feint, lunge and parry during fencing event at Asian Games

Fencers at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore move with grace and power, lightning-fast reflexes and the subtle shifts of defense and attack. Fencing bouts take place on a strip, or piste, measuring 14 metres in length by 1.5-2 metres wide, using three types of swords: foil, épée and sabre. Fencing will be one of the many events on display at the 2105 Pan Am Games in Toronto come July.

Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Hoai Thu (L) competes against Justine Gail Tinio of the Philippines during their women's Individual Foil semifinals fencing match at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

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Singapore's Clive Leu Yi Yang (R) competes against Indonesia's Ruli Mauliadhani during their men's Individual Sabre round of 16 fencing event at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore.

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Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Nhat lunges forward for a point to defeat Singapore's Lim Wei Wen during their men's Individual Epee Gold Medal fencing match at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

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Singapore's Samson Lee Mun Hou reacts after defeating Jose Noelito Jr. of the Philippines in their men's individual epee round of 16 fencing match during the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

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Competitors start their men's Individual Epee round of 16 fencing event at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore.

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Singapore's Choy Yu Yong (L) with Vietnam's Vu Thanh compete during the fencing match at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

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Vietnam's Vu Thanh An (R) celebrates after defeating Singapore's Choy Yu Yong during the fencing match at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

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Singapore's Lim Wei Wen (L) with Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Nhatduring the fencing match at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

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Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Hoai Thu (L) competes against Justine Gail Tinio of the Philippines during their women's Individual Foil semifinals fencing match at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

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Philippines's Justine Gail Tinio (L) and Singapore's Wang Wenying during the fencing match at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

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