FRESH from her successful US NCAA fencing debut, Samantha Catantan will lead the Philippines’ campaign in the 2021 Junior and Cadet Fencing World Championships, which is currently happening in Cairo, Egypt.
“Ang game ni Sam, April 7-8 pa,” national coach Amat Canlas told People’s Tonight via Messenger Sunday night.
The week-long event is now ongoing at the Indoor Halls Complex of the Cairo International Stadium in Nasr City, Cairo, where the 19-year old Catantan will compete with four other Filipino young fencers.
Aside from Catantan, who is currently No. 143 in juniors and No. 134 seniors in the world rankings, US-based fancers Annika Santos (No. 117) and Daena Talavera (No. 200) will also compete in the women’s junior foil event.
Another US-based fencer, Lance Tan, who is rated No. 59 juniors and No. 132 seniors in the world, is entered the the men’s foil category and will compete in this level for the fifth and final time.
Meanwhile, UAAP Season 82 men’s Rookie of the Year Miggy Bautista of Ateneo will participate in the epee event set on April 9-11. The 19-year old Bautista is ranked No. 231 in the world.
Catantan recently earned the All-America honors as Penn State took another runner-up finish in the US NCAA fencing championship held at the Bryce Jordan Center in Pennsylvania.
The Quezon City native, who was among the 10 Nittany Lions athletes who won the All-America award, completed a sweep of her elimination round bouts by going 20-0 to secure the No. 1 spot in the semifinals.
An Asian U23 gold medalist from University of the East high school, Catantan fought hard before bowing to Lodovica Bicego of Italy, 14-15, that ended her undefeated run in the all-Penn State women’s foil semis clash.
The FIE-sanctioned event, which started last Saturday with the saber event, is currently taking place under updated COVID-19 protocols developed to ensure the safety, health and well-being of athletes, coaches, officials, referees and staff, after extensive preparations of operations and logistics.Publication Source : People's Tonight