The United States men’s foil fencing team earned the silver medal Sunday at the Prince Takamodo World Cup in Tokyo.
The foursome of Miles Chamley-Watson, Race Imboden, Alexander Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt, team bronze medalists at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, came into the contest fresh off Chamley-Watson’s first individual world cup gold a day earlier and bolstered by Massialas’ individual world No. 1 ranking.
The Americans received a first-round bye by virtue of their world No. 1 ranking. They opened their competition with a 45-17 quarterfinal victory over Hong Kong, followed by a 45-34 win against Italy, the team they beat for Olympic bronze.
That led to a gold-medal showdown between the U.S. and Olympic champion Russia. The Russians scored the upset win, 45-35, earning their first win over the U.S. in three meetings since 2006.
The U.S. is now two-for-two in world cup medals, having earned silver at last month’s season-opening world cup in Cairo.
The U.S. fencers now turn their attention to Dec. 2, when they travel to Torino, Italy, for a grand prix event.