By Paul D. Bowker | March 02, 2019, 1:59 p.m. (ET)

Alexander Massialas celebrates after winning a bronze at the Pharaohs Challenge on March 2, 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.

 

Two-time Olympian Lee Kiefer and two-time Olympic medalist Alexander Massialas continued their strong seasons by winning bronze medals in the Pharaohs Challenge foil world cup event held Saturday in Cairo, Egypt.

Kiefer, who entered the tournament ranked third in the world in women’s foil, finished third after losing to second-ranked Alice Volpi of Italy in the semifinals. Volpi won the match, 15-13, but then lost the title match to top-ranked Inna Deriglazova of Russia.

Kiefer’s march into the semifinal included wins over Fanny Kreiss of Hungary and Kim Kirschen of Germany.

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No. 13-ranked Massialas, also a member of the top-ranked U.S. men’s foil team, also gained a third-place finish by defeating U.S. teammate Nick Itkin in the quarterfinals. Massialas lost to Erwann Le Pechoux of France in the semifinals, 15-10.

Le Pechoux defeated three American Olympic fencers on his way to the finals; top-ranked Race Imboden, No. 8 Gerek Meinhardt and Massialas. Le Pechoux lost the title match to Daniele Garozzo of Italy.

The U.S. fencers move on to the team tournament on Sunday, in which the men are ranked No. 1 and the women are No. 2. Massialas, Imboden, Meinhardt and Miles Chamley-Watson are seeking a ninth consecutive podium finish.

Kiefer will be joined by Nicole Ross, Jacqueline Dubrovich and Nzingha Prescod in the women’s tournament.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.