By Steve Drumwright | April 28, 2018, 6:38 p.m. (ET)
Lee Kiefer (L) competes against Julia Walczyk of Poland on April 28, 2018 in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany.

 

Lee Kiefer continued to show she is one of the top fencers in the world by claiming the women’s foil bronze medal Saturday at the FIE World Cup in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany.

Ranked third in the world, the bronze marked Kiefer’s fourth medal in six international tournaments this season.

Kiefer began her 2017-18 campaign with world cup gold in Cancun, Mexico. The 23-year-old Notre Dame graduate went on to earn grand prix bronze in Anaheim, California, and world sup silver in Katowice, Poland.

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The two-time Olympian from Kentucky began her day with a 15-11 win over Brazil’s Ana Beatriz Bulcao, followed by two straight wins over Polish fencers Martyna Dlugosz (15-10) and Julia Walczyk (15-7).

In the quarterfinals, Kiefer continued her win streak, taking down Italy’s Chiara Cini (15-11), guaranteeing herself a medal.

But Kiefer would lose her semifinal match world No. 1 and reigning Olympic champion Inna Deriglazova of Russia, 15-10. Leonie Ebert of Germany earned the other bronze.

Steve Drumwright is a journalist based in Murrieta, California. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.