Two-time Olympic fencer Race Imboden began his 2017-18 world cup season Saturday by winning a bronze medal in individual men’s foil in Cairo.
Imboden, who is ranked fifth in the world, lost to Italy’s Alessio Foconi in the semifinal round, 15-11.
Top-ranked Alex Massialas, a two-time Olympian who won two medals at the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, just missed a podium finish, ending in fifth place in the two-day individual tournament. Adam Mathieu finished 31st and two-time Olympian Miles Chamley-Watson was close behind in 33rd.
Imboden competed in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and won a team bronze last year in Rio. He is one of 12 U.S. fencers in the competition this weekend.
Imboden, Massialas, Chamley-Watson and three-time Olympian Gerek Meinhardt will compete for a podium finish in the team tournament on Sunday. It’s the same group that won the team bronze just over a year ago. They are seeded third behind France and Italy.