The U.S. men’s foil fencing squad scored a world cup bronze medal in France Sunday at the Challenge International de Paris.
After an opening-round bye, the No. 2 seeded American team of Miles Chamley-Watson, Race Imboden, Alexander Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt quickly dispatched Canada with a 45-20 decision, then dismissed No. 10 seed Germany, 45-32 in the quarterfinals.
Italy was next, and the semifinal pairing of the No. 2 and 3 seeds was a close one, coming down to an encounter between world’s top two fencers, No. 1 ranked Massialas, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, and No. 2 Daniele Garozzo, the Olympic champion. After taking the tournament individual gold medal Saturday, Massialas was unable to protect a one-point lead and Italy advanced to the gold-medal bout with a 45-44 win.
Relegated to the bronze-medal match, Team USA squared off against Japan, a side that upset world No. 1 Russia in the quarterfinals. The Americans ensured they would return home with hardware by downing the No. 8 seed by 45-34 count. Italy easily handled the home-standing French side 45-21 to take gold.