By Karen Price | Jan. 16, 2019, 10:52 a.m. (ET)

The women's team foil fencing poses for a photo at the world cup on Jan. 13, 2019 in Katowice, Poland.

 

The U.S. women’s foil fencing team took second place in a world cup competition over the weekend in Katowice, Poland, and it was accompanied by another significant honor — a No. 1 world ranking.

This is the first time ever that the women’s foil team has occupied the top spot of the world ranking, according to USA Fencing.

The new ranking comes on the heels of a successful world cup weekend for the women. Two-time Olympian Lee Kiefer won an individual bronze medal on Saturday and then on Sunday was instrumental in helping her team reach the championship match. The U.S. defeated Great Britain and South Korea and then won in come-from-behind fashion against Russia in the semifinals to advance to the final against France, where the Americans lost 45-26.

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The silver was the team’s first world cup medal of the season but the third medal in the last four international tournaments. The team, which also consists of fellow Olympian Nicole Ross and four-time junior world medalists Jackie Dubrovich and Iman Blow, was ranked No. 3 in the world going into the weekend. Kiefer and Ross were part of the team that won gold at the world championships last season, marking the first time an American foil team of either gender had won a world title.

The U.S. takes the top ranking from Italy. The next women’s foil world cup begins Jan. 25 in St.-Maur, France.

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.