Fencer Ota punches ticket to Rio Games


Fencer Yuki Ota, who won the men’s foil silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and a team silver in 2012, has booked his spot in this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Games, the Japan Fencing Federation announced Monday.

Last summer, Ota became Japan’s first world champion by winning the individual foil gold at the world championships.

Ota, who will be competing in his fourth straight Olympics, has qualified as one of the top-two ranked fencers from a nation in the Asia/Oceania region that will not compete in the team event at Rio.

Although the rankings won’t be published until April, the final competition prior to their release, Havana’s Grand Prix meet, concluded on Sunday.