Teen fencers Catantan, Esteban bag silver, bronze to add to PH medal tally in SEA Games
PH fencer Samantha Kyle Catantan bagged silver in her SEA Games debut. Reuben Terrado

KUALA LUMPUR - Teenage fencers made waves in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games as they produced two medals on Monday at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center.

Two-time UAAP juniors MVP Samantha Kyle Catantan settled for a silver medal in the women's foil individual after bowing to Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi of Singapore, 15-7.

Maxine Isabel Esteban, meanwhile, reached the semifinals in the same event that assured herself of a bronze medal. The 16-year-old eventually lost to Berthi in the final four that prevented an all-Filipina finals.

The 15-year-old Catantan barely made it to the finals after beating Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan of Singapore, 15-14, after coming back from a 14-10 deficit.

Esteban, meanwhile, is determined to fare even better in the future following the bronze medal win in the SEA Games.

"After this, I plan to train harder para sa (Southeast Asian) Under-23 in Vietnam," said Esteban.

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