Lee Kiefer won gold and Nicole Ross earned silver as the United States took the top two steps of the podium Saturday at the women’s foil grand prix in Torino, Italy.
It marked the first time Team USA took both medals at a women’s foil grand prix.
Kiefer, a two-time Olympian, won the final by a 15-8 score to run her career record to 4-1 against her 2012 Olympic teammate.
Reflecting her world No. 3 ranking, Kiefer easily advanced to the semifinals, taking down Italy’s Camilla Rivano 15-5, Hungary’s Kata Kondricz 15-8 and Poland’s Julia Walczyk 15-3 before her first major test, a quarterfinal bout against world No. 9 Martina Batini of Italy. A 15-11 win set up a semifinal encounter with long-time nemesis Arianna Errigo of Italy, a two-time world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist. The 15-11 win was the second for Kiefer over the No. 1-ranked Errigo in seven tries.
With four opponents ranked among the world’s top 50, Ross, No. 8 in the world, had the more challenging path to the final. After a first-round 14-13 decision over Russia’s Marta Martyanova, she defeated world No. 44 Serena Teo of Italy 15-10, No. 16 Adelina Zagidullina of Russia 15-12 and No. 7 Ysaora Thibus of France 15-13 in the quarterfinals. She then downed Italy’s Alice Volpi 15-11 for her spot in the final.
Ross now has won three international medals in as many tournaments, adding Saturday’s silver to a world cup bronze won in October in Cancun, Mexico, and a world cup silver last month in St-Maur, France.