The U.S. men's foil fencing team celebrates at the Cairo World Cup on March 3, 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.
The U.S. men’s foil fencing team just keeps on rolling.
One day after two-time Olympic medalist Alex Massialas lost to France’s Erwann Le Pechoux in the individual world cup tournament, he scored the final point against Le Pechoux to help the U.S. win the gold medal in Sunday’s team tournament in Cairo, Egypt.
The win extended the U.S. men’s medal-winning streak in world cup competition to nine tournaments, including two gold medals this season. The U.S. never trailed in the title match against France and won 45-34.
The men have won seven world cup titles in their streak, including a five-event sweep last season, and two gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal this season. The last world cup competition of the season is in May in St. Petersburg, Russia. The world championships are in July in Budapest, Hungary.
The top-ranked men weren’t alone in their success Sunday.
Lee Kiefer, a two-time Olympian who won a bronze medal in the individual tournament on Saturday, helped the second-ranked U.S. women’s team reach the semifinals on Sunday. Kiefer and Jacqueline Dubrovich each won two matches in a 45-37 win over Poland in the quarterfinals, but the U.S. lost to eventual champion Italy by a single point, 44-43, in the semifinals. The Americans then fell 45-39 to France in the bronze-medal match.
In addition to the men’s team medal Sunday, Massialas and Kiefer won individual bronze medals Saturday.
Race Imboden, a two-time Olympian who is ranked No. 1 in the world, began Sunday’s men’s final by defeating France’s Le Pechoux 5-2. Gerek Meinhardt, a three-time Olympian, won two of his three matches in the final. Miles Chamley-Watson, a two-time Olympian, is also a member of the team.
The U.S. men defeated No. 16 Brazil, No. 8 Hong Kong and No. 4 South Korea on the way to the finals. The U.S. won its last five bouts in the semifinals to overcome a five-point deficit.