Hosts China claimed their second gold medal at the Asian Fencing Championships in Wuxi after coming out on top in the women’s team sabre event.
Shao Yaqi, Shen Chen, Zhang Xueqian and Zhang Xin combined to beat South Korea’s Hwang Seon-a, Kim Ji-yeon, Lee Ra-jin and Yoon Ji-su 45-42 in the final.
Japan came away with the bronze medal after overcoming Kazakhstan 45-38 in the third-place play-off.
There was further disappointment for South Korea in the men’s team épée showdown as they suffered a narrow 33-32 defeat against Japan.
Kazakhstan denied China a bronze medal courtesy of their 39-27 victory over the host nation.
Action in Wuxi is set to conclude tomorrow as the men’s team sabre and women’s team foil events take centre stage.
At the European Olympic qualifying event in Prague, there were victories for Switzerland’s Tiffany Géroudet and Azerbaijan’s Sabina Mikina in the women’s individual épée and women’s individual sabre respectively.
Géroudet, the 2011 European champion, beat Poland’s Renata Knapik-Miazga 15-7 in her final, while Mikina overcame Belarus’ Palina Kaspiarovich 15-11.
The women’s individual épée bronze medallists were Sweden’s Emma Samuelsson and Finland’s Catharina Kock.
Third-place honours in the women’s individual sabre went the way of Germany’s Anna Limbach and Georgia's Teodora Kakhiani.