The Iranian men's national sabre team has delivered great displays of skills and agility at the 2017 Asian Fencing Championships, and managed to finish in the second place overall at the prestigious continental event.
On Tuesday, the Iranian squad, comprised of Mojtaba Abedini, Ali Pakdaman, Mohamad Rahbari and Mohammad Fotouhi, reached the final of the men’s sabre team competition at AsiaWorld-Expo, but conceded a narrow 42-45 defeat against South Korea and settled for the silver medal.
Sabre is a light cutting and thrusting weapon in the sport of fencing. In the sabre section, the entire body above the waist, except the weapon hand, is targeted. Hits with the entire blade or point are valid. Touches that land outside of the target area are not scored.
Earlier in the tournament, Rahbari had lost to South Korean fencer Gu Bon-gil 8-15 in the final contest of men's individual sabre section, and received the silver medal.
Ali Pakdaman, another representative from the Islamic Republic of Iran, was awarded the bronze.
The 2017 Asian Fencing Championships kicked off in Hong Kong on June 15, and ran through June 20.
The competitions reportedly brought together a total of 340 male and female fencers from various Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.