This file photo shows Hong Kong's Vivian Kong posing during the victory ceremony for the women's fencing epee individual during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Aug 21, 2018.

HONG KONG – Hong Kong fencer Vivian Kong Man-wai regained the world’s No. 1 ranking in women’s épée after winning a grand prix event in Colombia on Sunday.

Kong won the gold at the event in Cali after defeating world No 3. Marie-Florence Candyssamy of France. Kong’s win catapults her ahead of current No 1 Song Se-ra of South Korea, local media reported.

Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung Yun-hung congratulated Kong on reclaiming the top spot, which she first secured in 2019.

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"Vivian Kong wrote a glorious page in Hong Kong's fencing history by taking top slot in the world ranking once again,” Yeung said.  

“It is very encouraging to see Hong Kong's homegrown athletes ranking among the best in the world. I am sure all citizens in Hong Kong are proud of Vivian Kong's hard work along the way," he added.