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Team USA Opens Foil Season at the London Junior World Cup

09/18/2017, 8:15pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Zander Rhodes (left) won bronze at her first Junior World Cup. Photo Credit: Graham Morrison

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The junior foil international season began in Great Britain on Saturday with the London Junior World Cup.

In the men’s competition, Team USA fielded a full squad of 12 with 2017 Junior World Team Champion Sidarth Kumbla (San Jose, Calif.) placing fifth.

Although the women’s event was not designated as an event where U.S. fencers could earn national points, two fencers did compete in London with 14-year-old Zander Rhodes (South Orange, N.J.)) winning bronze.

Kumbla entered the event as a defending bronze medalist, having won his first career Junior World Cup medal in London last year.

Seeded sixth out of pools, Kumbla defeated Job De Ruiter (NED), 15-9, after a bye into the table of 64 and went on to win his next bout against Adrian Wojtkowiak (POL), 15-7.

Kumbla defeated Stef De Greef (BEL), 15-14, in the table of 16, but missed the podium by a single touch with a quarter-final loss to Kirill Borodachev (RUS) – the 2017 Cadet World Champion who went on to win gold in London.

In the previous round, Borodachev also defeated Geoffrey Tourette (Cupertino, Calif.) – the anchor of the squad that won gold at the 2017 Junior Worlds.

The two are familiar foes are Tourette defeated the Russian to win the 2016 Cadet World Championships by a 15-2 margin and won their last matchup, 15-5, at this event last year where Tourette went on to win gold.

This bout would end in the Borodachev’s favor, however, as the 2017 Cadet World Champion defeated Tourette, 15-5.

The win allowed Borodachev to climb to No. 1 in the Junior World Rankings, passing former No. 1 Nick Itkin (Los Angeles, Calif.), who moved to No. 2 after the Notre Dame freshman finished in the top 32 in London. Tourette, a freshman at Harvard, dropped from No. 2 to No. 3.  

Kumbla’s finish moved the Columbia University freshman from No. 11 to No. 7 in the world.

Fencing at his second career Junior World Cup, 2017 Cadet World Team member Andrew Zheng (Jericho, N.Y.) also advanced to the table of 32, but lost to De Greef, 15-9.

Competing in her first international competition, Rhodes defeated Phoebe Newton-Hughes (GBR), 15-6, and Constance Catarzi (ITA), 15-12, to advance to the table of 16 where she upset Amita Berthier (SIN), the No. 2 seed and a 2017 Cadet World bronze medalist, by a 15-13 score.

In the quarter-finals, Rhodes produced another key win, taking out 2017 Cadet World Champion Adelina Bikbulatova (RUS), 14-13.  

Rhodes met 2017 Junior World silver medalist Serena Rossini (ITA) in the semifinals, but lost the bout, 15-7.

Click here to view complete results.

Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:

London Men’s Foil Junior World Cup
1. Kirill Borodachev (RUS)
2. Grigoriy Semenyuk (RUS)
3. Vladislav Mylnikov (RUS)
3. Wallerand Roger (FRA)
5. Sidarth Kumbla (San Jose, Calif.)
6. Matteo Claudio Resegotti (ITA)
7. Pierre Loisel (FRA)
8. Ivan Troshin (RUS)

10. Geoffrey Tourette (Cupertino, Calif.)
18. Nick Itkin (Los Angeles, Calif.)
23. Andrew Zheng (Jericho, N.Y.)
39. Andrew Machovec (East Rockaway, N.Y.)
40. Kenji Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)
41. Sam Moelis (Hewlett, N.Y.)
42. Julian Cheng (Palo Alto, Calif.)
45. Zohaib Mannan (Short Hills, N.J.)
48. Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla.)
50. Michael Li (Palo Alto, Calif.)
62. Joseph Marino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.)

London Women’s Foil Junior World Cup
1. Martina Favaretto (ITA)
2. Serena Rossini (ITA)
3. Zander Rhodes (South Orange, N.J.)
3. Elena Tangherlini (ITA)
5. Kamilla Tsibirova (RUS)
6. Janka Toth (HUN)
7. Alexandra Sunduchkova (RUS)
8. Adelina Bikbulatova (RUS)

53. Maia Weintraub (Philadelphia, Pa.)

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