Kong Wins World Bronze – Stanford University Athletics

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Cairo, Egypt – Vivian Kong ’16 won a bronze medal in epee at the World Fencing Championships last week.

Kong added to his international accomplishments. It was her second bronze medal at the World Championships in individual epee, following her performance in 2019 in Budapest, Hungary, when she became the first fencer from Hong Kong to medal at Worlds.

In a heartbreaking semi-final against world No. 3 Song Sera of South Korea, Kong tied the game, 9-9, in the third and final session with one minute to go. But Sera finished with five straight points to win, 14-9. Song then clinched the world title for South Korea by defeating Germany’s Alexandra Ndolo, 11-10, in the final. Kong has beaten Sera in four of their seven all-time encounters.

Kong has competed in two Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals in Tokyo last year in individual epee and helping Hong Kong to seventh place in team epee. In the seventh-place match against the Russian Olympic Committee, Hong Kong led 25-20, but Kong edged her opponent, Violetta Khrapina, 8-2 to rally her team to victory.

Kong, ranked No. 7 in the world, and Italy’s Rossella Fiamingo both won bronze medals as there was no third-place play-off.

Kong, a left-hander, was named the best female epee fencer in the world in 2019 by the FIE Congress.

She was the only fencer in her weapon to win multiple World Cup or Grand Prix titles during the 2018-19 international season, taking first place at the Havana and Barcelona events.

Kong finished 11th at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 while becoming the first fencer from Hong Kong to win an Olympic bout.

She is a two-time Asian champion, winning individual titles in 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, and in 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. In the latter, on June 10, Kong upset world No. 1 Choi In-jeong of South Korea, 12-11.

Kong, 28, is nicknamed the “Queen of Swords”. Kong was a black belt in taekwondo and a dancer when she was young. She tried fencing at her father’s suggestion.

Kong was the NCAA champion in 2014 and was the second in Stanford history to win the women’s epee title and finished fourth in 2013.

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