The third-ranked U.S. men’s foil fencing team started the new world cup season as it ended the last — on the podium.
This wasn’t just any spot on the podium, either. The men’s team of Race Imboden, who won a bronze medal in the individual competition on Saturday, Alexander Massialas, Miles Chamley-Watson and Gerek Meinhardt beat Russia 45-26 to win the gold medal on Sunday in Egypt.
The U.S. beat Italy in the semifinal 45-42 after knocking off Japan and Australia in the opening rounds on the way to the final.
The team won bronze in the final world cup of last season, giving them a medal in four of five world cup events for the second season in a row, and entered this season ranked No. 3 in the world. Massialas, Imboden and Chamley-Watson are all two-time Olympians, and all are also ranked in the top 10 internationally. Meinhardt is a three-time Olympian and came into Egypt ranked No. 17.