Race Imboden celebrates after winning silver at the Tokyo World Cup on Jan. 26, 2019 in Tokyo.
Two-time Olympian Race Imboden earned his second individual medal of 2019 in men’s foil fencing with a silver at the world cup event in Tokyo, Japan.
The 25-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, fought his way to the championship match in the event, where he faced off against Great Britain’s Richard Kruse in a clash of two of the best men’s foil fencers in the world.
Imboden, who won a bronze medal two weeks ago in Paris, defeated France’s Julien Mertine in the round of 32, 15-13, and moved on to face Daniel Dosa of Hungary. He came away from that with another 15-13 victory, then cruised through the quarterfinals with a 15-7 win over Germany’s Peter Joppich.
That set up a semifinal match against a familiar opponent, Italy’s Alessio Foconi. Imboden turned in his most lopsided win of the round of 32, beating Foconi 15-6 to advance to the gold-medal match, where he fell short and took a 15-9 loss.
Teammate Miles Chamley-Watson finished eighth and Alexander Massialas rounded out the top 10.
Imboden is ranked third in the world in men’s fencing behind Kruse and Foconi. Imboden reached the No. 1 ranking for a period in 2018.
Imboden and the top-ranked U.S. men’s team will go for their eighth world cup medal in a row on Sunday.