By Craig Bohnert | Feb. 11, 2017, 12:49 p.m. (ET)
Race Imboden celebrates at the Löwe von Bonn competition on Feb. 11, 2017 in Bonn, Germany.


Race Imboden earned the ninth world cup medal of his career and second of the 2016-17 season by taking bronze Saturday at the Löwe von Bonn competition in Bonn, Germany.

Entering the tournament ranked No. 12 in the world in men’s foil, Imboden opened with a 15-12 victory over No. 54-ranked Valerio Aspromonte to stay undefeated in three meetings with the Italian. The two-time Olympian and 2016 team bronze medalist then gained a 3-2 series edge against No. 22 Jeremy Cadot of France by a 15-12 margin, followed by a 15-8 decision against Italy’s No. 55 Edoardo Luperi, Imboden’s fourth win in six meetings.

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Advancing to the quarterfinals, Imboden took his second career win against Korea’s Heo Jun, ranked No. 55. Next up was Germany’s Peter Joppich, a four-time world champion who had defeated Team USA’s Miles Chamley-Watson in the quarterfinals by a 15-14 margin. Like his teammate, Imboden fell to the 18th-ranked German, ending on the short end of a 15-5 score to finish tied for third with Russia’s Timur Safin.

The bronze is Imboden’s second podium of the 2016-17 world cup season. He opened the season with his fifth-career gold medal Oct. 16 at the Pharaoh’s Cup Challenge in Cairo.

Chamley-Watson, eighth in the world, finished fifth, while No. 13-ranked Gerek Meinhardt suffered an uncharacteristic first-round loss to Alex Tofalides of Cyprus and placed 36th.