Team USA's John Snytsheuvel, Ashton Daniel, Allan Ding and Marcello Olivares with Coaches Greg Massialas and Aleksei Murugin.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Sixteen-year-old Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla.) earned his best career result on the Junior World Cup circuit with a seventh-place finish on Saturday weekend in Bangkok, Thailand.
With all 12 Americans advancing out of pools, Olivares claimed the highest seed of any U.S. fencer, going 5-1 for the eighth seed and a bye into the table of 32.
Olivares held his first direct elimination opponent, Olivier Split (NED), to single digits, 15-7, and overcame Kieren Lock (SGP), 15-11, but missed out on a medal with a 15-8 loss to 2017 Junior World team silver medalist Takuma Ito (JPN) in the quarter-finals.
Ito, who went on to win bronze, defeated Americans in three straight rounds beginning in the table of 32, besting 2017 Cadet World Team member Julian Cheng (Palo Alto, Calif.) in the 32, 15-6, and Joon Paik (Norwood, N.J.) in the 16, 15-12.
Competing in his first Junior World Cup, Paik outscored teammate Allan Ding (Dover, Mass.), 15-11, in the table of 64 before posting a 15-12 win over 2017 European Junior Championships bronze medalist Alexandre Ediri (FRA) the following round to reach the 16.
Also finishing 5-1 in pools was Julian Knodt (Palo Alto, Calif.), giving him a bye into the table of 32 where he held off teammate Kerry Lu (San Francisco, Calif.) by a score of 15-10. In the next round, Knodt was just outtouched by Rui Fujikura (JPN), 15-14.
Like Olivares, Kenji Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.) earned his best Junior World Cup result. After starting his day 4-1 in pools to move directly in the table of 32, Bravo defeated fellow American Andrew Zheng (Jericho, N.Y.), 15-10. However, Bravo lost by the same score in the following round to the eventual silver medalist, Stef Van Campenhout (BEL), to finish 14th.
Van Campenhout also took out Ashton Daniel (Cupertino, Calif.) in the previous round, 15-12.
Two other members of Team USA finished in the top 32 in Michael Li (Palo Alto, Calif.) and John Snytsheuvel (Irvine, Calif.)
Li advanced on a bye into the table of 32 after going 4-1 in pools, but dropped the bout 15-11 to Yudai Nagano (JPN), who went on to win the gold medal.
Snytsheuvel cruised through his first direct elimination out, overpowering Javokhir Tashbaev (UZB), 15-3, but couldn’t hold on to his momentum and lost in the 32 to Connor Head (GBR), 15-12.
Jerry Wu also earned a spot into the table of 64, but lost, 15-10, to Kyota Kawamura (JPN).
In the team competition on Sunday, Olivares, Daniel, Snytsheuvel and Ding represented the United States.
As the No. 1 team in the world, Team USA received a bye into the quarters and faced Uzbekistan. The U.S. dominated the match, winning 45-13 by taking eight of the nine bouts and earning four 5-0 sweeps, two of which came right at the start to set the tone.
Hoping to secure a medal, the Americans came out hot in the semifinals against Singapore, controlling the first four bouts to take a 20-10 lead, but they couldn’t hold on, falling 45-41.
Fencing for bronze, Team USA faced a Japanese team that featured two members of the team that won silver at the 2017 Junior Worlds as well as the gold and both bronze medalists from the individual competition in Thailand. Japan proved to be too much to handle as it handed the U.S. a 45-29 loss and a fourth-place finish.
Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Bangkok Men’s Individual Foil Junior World Cup
1. Yudai Nagano (JPN)
2. Stef Van Campenhout (BEL)
3. Takuma Ito (JPN)
3. Kenta Suzumura (JPN)
5. Rui Fujikura (JPN)
6. Pierre Loisel (FRA)
7. Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla.)
8. Yuto Ueno (JPN)
13. Julian Knodt (Palo Alto, Calif.)
14. Kenji Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)
16. Joon Paik (Norwood, N.J.)
18. Michael Li (Palo Alto, Calif.)
19. Julian Cheng (Palo Alto, Calif.)
20. John Snytsheuvel (Irvine, Calif.)
21. Kerry Lu (San Francisco, Calif.)
21. Andrew Zheng (Jericho, N.Y.)
27. Ashton Daniel (Cupertino, Calif.)
38. Allan Ding (Dover, Mass.)
43. Jerry Wu (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Bangkok Men’s Team Foil Junior World Cup
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