The U.S. men’s foil fencing team once again proved it is one of the best teams in the world by earning team bronze on Sunday at the world cup in Saint Petersburg, Russia, at the final world cup of the 2016-17 season.
Team USA medaled at four of the five team world cups this season, matching its impressive feat from last season and ending the season ranked No. 3 in the world. France and Russia also earned medals at four of the five events, with no countries making it onto the podium at every stop.
The U.S. men once again proved they are capable of medaling regardless of who is on the team as Nick Itkin won his first senior world cup medal. He was joined by Brian Kaneshige, who won his first world cup medal earlier this season in October, and Olympic team bronze medalists Miles Chamley-Watson and Race Imboden.
In the round of 16, Team USA easily downed No. 17 Australia, 45-17, before emerging victorious over fifth-ranked Korea, 45-42. In a close battle over nemesis and No. 2-ranked Russia, the U.S. men lost their semifinal 45-44. That pitted them against fourth-ranked Italy in the match for bronze, which Team USA won, 45-38.
The team has had three different makeups in its four podium appearances this season, with the Olympic team of Chamley-Watson, Imboden, Alexander Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt taking silver in Tokyo and bronze in Paris, and Chamley-Watson, Jerry Chang, Imboden and Kaneshige earning silver in Cairo.