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Aussie fencers fail to qualify for Rio

  • Aussie fencers fail to qualify for Rio

    Australia will not be represented in fencing at the Rio Olympics.

Australia have a failed to qualify a fencer for the Rio Olympics.

It's the second consecutive Olympics Australia will not be represented in fencing at the Games.

The recent Asian qualifiers in Wuxi, China was the last opportunity for the Australians to book a spot in Brazil but the six-strong team came up short.

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Fencing in the Asia-Oceania region has developed strongly over the past few years and the Australians faced tough competition from the likes of Hong Kong, Singapore, Iran, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Two-time Olympian Jo Halls lost her women's epee semi-final to Kazakhstan's Uliana Balaganskaya, who was ahead 14-13 when time ran out.

While Brisbane teenager Alicia Kwag, 16, failed in her attempt to become Australia's youngest Olympic fencer when she was beaten 9-8 by Indonesia's Pua Chintya Anreiny in her round of 16 women's foil contest.

Australia has never won a fencing medal at the Olympics while the best-placed athlete at the Games was Greg Benko who finished sixth in the individual foil in Montreal in 1976.

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