By Karen Price | May 06, 2018, 1:15 p.m. (ET)
(L-R) Alexander Massialas, Race Imboden, Gerek Meinhardt and Miles Chamley-Watson celebrate their win at the men's foil fencing world cup on May 6, 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

In a showdown between the top two men’s foil fencing teams in the world, it was the the top-ranked U.S. team of Miles Chamley-Watson, Race Imboden, Alexander Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt that came away with the easy victory.

The 2016 Olympic team bronze medalists topped Italy 45-25 in the gold-medal bout in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday for their fifth straight world cup victory – a clean sweep of every world cup stop of the 2017-18 season – a feat never before accomplished in U.S. history.

The U.S. lost to Italy in the gold-medal match of the 2017 world championships. The Americans have now won every match against the Italians since, having met and beaten them in world cup semifinals twice last fall.

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Team USA started the day with a 45-29 win over No. 2 Belarus before a closer quarterfinal bout against 12th-ranked Great Britain, in which the Americans came out on top 45-37.

For the second world cup in a row, Team USA defeated reigning Olympic champion Russia – which took down the U.S. in Rio two years ago in the semifinal – in the St. Petersburg semifinals. The Americans topped the host team 45-38 to move into the final.

The U.S. men’s foil team is back in action at the 2018 world championships, July 21-27 in Wuxi, China.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.