New Zealand fencer Jessica Beer today won the Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifying Women's Epee event in Manila.
The 24 year old vet has built an official world ranking of 141st from a year of training and competing on the European circuit. She was one of twelve contestants from twelve countries in the combined Asia/Oceania Olympic Zone event, vying for one place in women's epee.
Jessica, a World Cup bronze medal winner in Ipswitch last year comfortably beat her Thai contestant in the final 15-7, having already disposed of her semi-final opponent from Kazakstan.
She now joins an Olympic field just 36 contestants in her event who can qualify world wide.
Jessica is the first New Zealand women to ever qualify in fencing at the Olympic Games and joins the previous five men who have contested four previous Olympic Games; 1964, 1984, 1988 1992.
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