On a busy weekend for U.S. fencers, Lee Kiefer earned the bronze medal at the women’s foil world cup event in Katowice, Poland, on Saturday.
The two-time Olympian was seeded third going into the event. She defeated Italy’s Chiara Cini, France’s Eva Lacheray and Russia’s Adelina Zagidullina by scores of 15-10, 15-12 and 15-6 to make it into the final eight. Her next opponent was Italy’s Francesca Palumbo and Kiefer came away with a 14-13 victory to set up a semifinal meeting against Germany’s 10th-seeded Leonie Ebert.
There the road ended for Kiefer, who fell by a score of 15-12, while her opponent went on to claim the silver medal.
Kiefer, who placed fifth at the Olympic Games London 2012 and 10th four years later in Rio, was part of the U.S. women’s foil team that won the 2018 world championship. It was the first world title ever for a U.S. foil team, men’s or women’s.
Kiefer is ranked third in the world in women’s foil. She was on the podium four times of six in international competitions last season.
The competition in Katowice was one of four going on for fencers from Team USA. The women’s epee team is competing in Havana, the men’s epee team is in Heidenheim, Germany, and the men’s foil team is competing in Paris, where Kiefer’s fiancé Gerek Meinhardt won silver and Race Imboden bronze.