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World No. 1 Fencer Lee Kiefer Earns Fourth Consecutive Podium With Gold In Germany

By Darci Miller | April 29, 2017, 1:20 p.m. (ET)

(L-R) Arianna Errigo of Italy, Lee Kiefer, Carolin Golubytskyi of Germany and Inna Deriglazova of Russia pose on the medal podium at the Reinhold-Würth-Cup on April 29, 2017 in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany.

 

In her first competition after ascending to the world No. 1 ranking in women's foil, Lee Kiefer lived up to it, taking gold at the Reinhold-Würth-Cup in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany.

Kiefer rolled through her first four matches, defeating Japan's Sera Azuma 15-12, Russia's Kristina Novalin'ska 15-12 and Russia's Yana Alborova 15-7. In the quarterfinals she faced Fanny Kreiss of Hungary, ranked No. 27 in the world, for a 15-10 victory. Things got hairier as she reached the semifinals; Kiefer and world No. 3 Inna Deriglazova of Russia went toe-to-to, with Kiefer edging out a 15-14 win. The final was no easier, as world No. 2 Arianna Errigo of Italy gave Kiefer all she could handle. But again, Kiefer was able to hold a 15-14 advantage to top the podium.

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It's been a dream season for Kiefer. Since October of 2016, Kiefer has earned four medals; gold at grand prixs in Long Beach, California and Turin, Italy in addition to her latest in Germany, and bronze at the world cup in Gdansk, Poland after a surprise upset in the semifinals. She achieved the No. 1 ranking in March, becoming the first U.S. women's foil fencer ever to do so. Less than a week later she made more history by winning her fourth NCAA title, only the second female fencer to reach that accomplishment.

A two-time Olympian, Kiefer placed fifth in London and 10th in Rio.

Also in Germany, teammates Nicole Ross finished fifth and Sabrina Massialas placed 26th.

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