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Date : 08 Oct 2018
Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 8, 2018: Japanese fencer Yuka Ueno lived up to her promise when she won the first fencing gold at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Ueno, 16, defeated Martina Favaretto of Italy 15-12 to win the gold medal in the women’s foil competition. Ueno had set her sights on gold long before arriving in Argentina, after she topped the lists at the cadet (under-17) and junior (under-20) age groups at the Junior World Fencing Championships in April.
“I was really prepared for this gold and I felt sure of myself for most of the competition,” Ueno said.
Favaretto stayed within one point of Ueno for most of their fast-scoring bout before her opponent made three consecutive touches to clinch victory.
Bronze went to May Tieu of the United States, who managed to fend off Anabella Gonzalez of Venezuela in a match that went 49 seconds into overtime, after the scores were tied at 7-7, before making the winning touch.
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