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Two-time Olympian Race Imboden Claims Silver In Foil Fencing At World Cup

By Karen Price | Jan. 26, 2019, 10:54 a.m. (ET)

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. 

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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. 

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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