Singaporean fencer Amita Berthier wins bronze at 2023 Asian Fencing Championships
Amita won the joint-bronze medal alongside Chinese fencer Shi Yue.
Team Singapore fencer Amita Berthier clinched the joint-bronze medal at the Asian Fencing Championships 2023 held in Wuxi, China on Sunday (Jun 18).
Her achievement makes it Singapore’s best performance in the competition and in the local fencing scene.
The 22-year-old shares the bronze title in the women’s foil with China’s Shi Yue. She is the first Singaporean fencer to reach the semi-finals of the Championships.
She had defeated Hong Kong’s Daphne Chan and South Korea’s Hong Seo-in in the quarter-finals, and lost 15-8 to China’s Chen Qingyuan in the semi-finals.
In an interview with The Straits Times, Amita said that her performance has “definitely progressed” and that entering the semi-finals gave her “the opportunity to learn from mistakes made and grow stronger”.
Amita – who is a left-handed foil fencer – previously represented Singapore in fencing during the SEA Games in 2017 and 2019, as well as the continental 2018 Asian Games. She won gold for the individual and team foil categories during the 2019 SEA Games, a bronze for the 2018 Asian Games team foil category, and another gold for the 2017 SEA Games individual foil category.
She also made her Olympic Games debut during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, after winning the women’s foil at the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This made her the first Singaporean fencer to qualify for the Olympic Games since the Barcelona Games in 1992.