By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 19, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Race Imboden (R) competes in the bronze-medal match for the men's foil team at the Olympic Games London 2012 on Aug 5, 2012 in London.


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Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medalists Alexander Massialas, Race Imboden, Gerek Meinhardt and Miles Chamley-Watson go after another world cup podium finish this week in Paris.

The men’s foil fencers are among 11 U.S. athletes competing in the Challenge International in Paris.

Individual competition is Friday and Saturday, followed by a team tournament on Sunday.

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Massialas, Imboden, Meinhardt and Chamley-Watson, who combined to win a team bronze medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, are the top-ranked team in Sunday’s competition. They won the silver medal in the 2017 world championships, and won the first two world cups of the 2017-18 season.

Massialas, a two-time Olympian who won an individual silver medal in Rio, is the second-ranked fencer in the individual competition. Timur Safin of Russia is the top seed. Imboden, a two-time Olympian, is the sixth seed.

Massialas won the season’s first grand prix tournament in December in Torino, Italy.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.