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Win Streak Ends For U.S. Men’s Foil Fencing Team But World Cup Medal Streak Extends To 7 In Paris

By Karen Price | Jan. 13, 2019, 11:52 a.m. (ET)

(L-R) Alexander Massialas, Miles Chamley-Watson, Race Imboden and Gerek Meinhardt pose for a photo at the men's foil fencing world cup on Jan. 13, 2019 in Paris.


One day after Gerek Meinhardt won the individual silver medal and Race Imboden a bronze, the U.S. men’s foil fencing team kept its world cup team medal streak alive by winning the bronze Sunday at the stop in Paris.

Miles Chamley-Watson, Imboden, Alexander Massialas and Meinhardt defeated Korea 45-41 to reach the podium for the second time in as many world cup events this season and for the seventh time in a row. Coming into this weekend, the team had won six straight world cup golds, including this season’s opener in Bonn, Germany, in November.

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The U.S. defeated Brazil in the round of 16, 45-34, then moved on to face Poland in the quarterfinals. A 45-38 victory put the Americans in the semifinals with Russia, but midway through the match, the Russians pulled away and closed out the victory 45-36.

South Korea started off with the lead in the bronze-medal match. Trailing 6-3, Imboden came up big in the third bout to turn that around, however, his 12 touches against Hyogon Kim giving the U.S. a 15-10 lead. Meinhardt, Massialas and Imboden kept the momentum going to stay ahead of the Koreans the rest of the way.

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.

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