For the U.S. men's foil team, ranked No. 1 in the world, the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games starts now. The foursome of Race Imboden, Miles Chamley-Watson, Brian Kaneshige and Jerry Chang took silver in the first world cup of the season in Cairo.
Team USA fell to France, ranked No. 3 in the world and the reigning Olympic silver medalist, 45-43 in the gold-medal final. Italy, ranked No. 4 in the world and who the U.S. defeated for bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, rounded out the podium with bronze.
It was Team USA's second medal in as many days as Imboden took gold in the individual competition the day prior. Imboden and Chamley-Watson were members of the Olympic team that took bronze in Rio, and both were on the 2012 Olympic team as well. For newcomers Kaneshige and Chang, the medal marks their first on the world cup circuit and signals a bright future for U.S. men's foil fencing.
The men's foil team will return to world cup action on Nov. 13 in Tokyo. That will be followed by three additional events in Paris; Bonn, Germany; and St. Petersburg, Russia.