Olympics: China’s Lei Sheng wins foil gold

August 1st, 2012 - 6:18 am ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 1 (IANS) Chinese fencer Lei Sheng beat Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt 15-13 to win the men’s foil gold Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Chinese, who beat top seed Valerio Aspromonte and Andrea Baldini, both favourites from Italy, in his way to the final, fought back a late surge from Abouelkassem, and won the last four points to snatch the first gold medal for the Chinese men’s foil, Xinhua reported.

“I was surprised by my own performance,” the emotion-overwhelmed Chinese fencer said.

“Before the Olympic competition started, I did not think about winning the gold, just to fence the match one by one. But I was very confident of myself,” he said.

He said his confidence did not falter when falling behind 11-9, knowing he still had the chance to win.

“It did not disturb me, I told myself at that moment that so long as the match is not over, I have the chance,” he said.

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