By Paul D. Bowker | July 20, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Geoff Loss celebrates his win at the FIE World Fencing Championships on July 18, 2018 in Wuxi, China.

 

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A stacked U.S. fencing team with medal contenders in all disciplines begins competition this week at the World Fencing Championships in Wuxi, China.

Four U.S. fencers enter the championships ranked among the top three in the world, including two-time Olympian Race Imboden, who is ranked number one in men’s foil. Ranked third in the world are two-time Olympic medalist Alexander Massialas in men’s foil, two-time Olympian Lee Kiefer in women’s foil and 2016 Olympian Eli Dershwitz in men’s saber.

The world championships began Thursday with preliminary round matches in women’s epee and men’s saber. The event goes through July 27 with individual and team tournaments in women’s and men’s foil, epee and saber.

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The first individual finals are Sunday in women’s epee and men’s saber, followed by men’s epee and women’s foil on Monday, and men’s foil and women’s saber on Tuesday.

Dershwitz, who rose to a career-best No. 3 in the world rankings with a third-place finish in a grand prix tournament in South Korea in April, and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Daryl Homer lead the U.S. men in the saber competition. Homer won a bronze medal at a world cup in May in Madrid, Spain.

Among the four U.S. fencers in women’s epee are 2012 Olympic team bronze medalists Kelley and Courtney Hurley, and 2016 Olympian Katharine Holmes.

The path toward the men’s foil podium begins Saturday for two-time Olympian Miles Chamley-Watson, when he competes in the preliminary round. Imboden, Massialas and three-time Olympian Gerek Meinhardt, a former world number one, are exempted into Tuesday’s Round of 64.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

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