Farid Al Blooshi, second left, won one of two fencing golds for the UAE today in Riyadh ©Riyadh 2023

The United Arab Emirates excelled on the second day of fencing's World Combat Games debut as they won half of the sport's gold medals on offer today at Riyadh 2023.

They made the ideal start courtesy of Faris Al Blooshi who beat Bahraini opponent 15-13 in a thrilling men's foil final.

A blistering early start from the Emirati proved vital as he shot into a 5-1 lead before the pair traded points until victory was assured.

The UAE was unable to secure both individual foil golds as Shahad Kharram was denied in the women's final by Omani Israa Al Siyabi.

It also ended 15-13 but it was a late surge that clinched it for Al Siyabi.

She found herself 13-12 down but a scintillating three-point spell snatched the victory away from Kharram.

The first of two épée finals also eluded the UAE as they lost to host nation Saudi Arabia in the men's team gold medal-match.

Jawad Al Dawood, Hussain Al Taweel, Faisal Abed, and Ahmed Al Hussain combined to get the better of the UAE's Abdulla Al Hammadi, Khalifa Al Zarooni, and Omran Al Blooshi.

The quartet all played a part in the 45-39 win, which was never in doubt as they held the lead from the conclusion of the first match to the end.

The defeated four were then avenged by Shaihka Alzaabi, Zainab Al Hosani, Fajar Al Marzooqi, and Meera Alhammadi in the women's team épée final.

They beat Saudi Arabia's Fawzya Al Khibiri, Dhay Al Amiri, Nada Abed, and Shooq Al Jazzar 45-40 in a back-and-forth battle for gold.

Overall, at the World Combat Games Ukraine sit comfortably in first place in the standings with 16 gold, nine silver, and six bronze medals.

They have been particularly dominant in wrestling, with 15 of their 31 medals coming in the sport.