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Miles Chamley-Watson Defeats Olympic Champion, Wins First World Cup Gold

By Craig Bohnert | Nov. 12, 2016, 12:34 p.m. (ET)

Miles Chamley-Watson celebrates during the gold-medal bout against Giorgio Avola of Italy at the FIE Foil World Cup on Nov. 12, 2016 in Tokyo.

Miles Chamley-Watson earned his first individual world cup gold medal, defeating five Italians Saturday on the way to the men’s foil title at the Prince Takamodo world cup in Tokyo.

A two-time Olympian who won a team bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Chamley-Watson opened the elimination round with a 15-10 victory over Francesco Ingargiola, then dispatched Damiano Rosatelli by the same score. That set up an encounter with Jeremy Cadot of France, ranked No. 25 in the world. The Frenchman offered little resistance to the then-No. 15-ranked Chamley-Watson, falling 15-5 to set the stage for a key quarterfinal showdown with world No. 2 Daniele Garozzo, the 2016 Olympic champion. It was a hard-fought battle, with Chamley-Watson taking a 15-14 win, his first over the Italian. 

With a podium finish assured with a spot in the semifinals, Chamley-Watson defeated Alessandro Paroli, ranked No. 50 in the world, by a 15-7 score to advance to the gold-medal bout. There he faced Giorgio Avola and earned his second win in five tries against the No. 5-ranked Italian, 15-10.

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Chamley-Watson adds the gold to a pair of silvers and a bronze medal won in world cup competition, as well as a gold from the 2013 world championships in Hungary. He also has eight team world cup medals to his credit.

The U.S. is now three-for-three at the Prince Takamodo world cup in Tokyo. Race Imboden won the event in 2014 and Alexander Massialas took the title in 2015. 

World No. 1 Massialas finished the tournament in sixth on Saturday, while Imboden, ranked No. 7 in the world, placed 17th and Gerek Meinhardt finished 33rd. Ranked No. 1 as a team, the U.S. men will return to the piste for Sunday’s team competition in Tokyo.

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