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KONG Man Wai
NOC Hong Kong, China   
GenderWomen
Born 08 Feb 1994
Height1.79 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages Cantonese, English, Mandarin
Higher education International Relations - Stanford University: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing in 2005 at age 11.
Why this sport? She tried a number of sports, including dancing and taekwondo, before finding fencing. "I was interested in taekwondo and so I did it all the way until I was age 11 and I got my black belt. But then my mother still wanted me to dance and in between she made me do ice skating. I liked it, but I was not so good at it. And then my father stepped in and said, 'Why don't you try fencing?' Fencing is like the ballet of sports, it is very elegant. I really, really liked fencing so I started it at age 11."
Name of coach Octavian Zidaru, ROU
Training Regime She trains up to five hours a day. She combines her fencing training with yoga and cross-training.
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2008
Competing for Hong Kong, China
Tournament World Cup
Location Nanjing, CHN
General Interest
Hobbies Cooking, playing the piano, skiing, ice skating, painting, yoga. (Athlete, 03 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (hk.on.cc, 07 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol Romanian fencer Ana Maria Popescu. (fie.org, 03 Aug 2016)
Injuries In August 2017 she underwent surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her left knee. (metropop.com.hk, 11 Apr 2018)
Awards and honours She was named Hong Kong, China's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (AG Entries, 18 Aug 2018)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (scmp.com, 29 Aug 2018)
Other information NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first female fencer from Hong Kong, China to win a gold medal at the Asian Championships, when she was victorious in the individual epee at the 2018 edition of the tournament in Bangkok, Thailand. (scmp.com, 20 Jun 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 21 Jun 2018)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
World Championships
2014 Quarterfinal Individual Epee Kazan, Russia
Asian Championships
2018 1 Individual Epee Bangkok, Thailand
2018 2 Team Epee Bangkok, Thailand
2017 2 Individual Epee Hong Kong, China
2017 4 Team Epee Hong Kong, China
2016 6 Individual Epee Wuxi, China
2015 4 Team Epee Singapore, Singapore
2011 4 Team Epee Seoul, Korea