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Team USA Wins Silver in Aix-En-Provence

01/24/2020, 4:45pm CST
By Kristen Henneman

Silver medalists Andrew Machovec, James Chen, Marcello Olivares and Ashton Daniel with Coach Forrest MacDougall. Photo Credit: Forrest MacDougall.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA earned the silver at the Junior Men’s Foil World Cup in Aix-En-Provence France this past weekend.

Represented by 2019 Cadet World Team member James Chen (New York City, N.Y.), Ashton Daniel (Cupertino, Calif.), 2017 Cadet World Team member Andrew Machovec (East Rockaway, N.Y.) and 2018 Cadet World silver medalist Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla.), the United States has won medals at both Junior World Cups this season after taking bronze in Bangkok last month.

2020 Aix-En-Provence Junior Men’s Foil World Cup Results

In its opening bout in the table of 16, Team USA won or tied eight of the nine bouts with Machovec anchoring the squad and tallying a +8 overall indicator for a 45-26 victory over Australia.

Down 5-2 after the first bout in the quarters against Egypt, Olivares won the second, 8-0, and the United States won five of the next seven rounds with Olivares anchoring the squad to a 45-33 win.  

Fencing No. 1 seeded France in the semifinals, Team USA faced a 10-8 deficit after two bouts, but won or tied the next six and Machovec anchored the squad’s 45-32 win. Olivares led Team USA with a +8 indicator.

In the final against Italy, the Americans built a 5-2 lead after the first round, but the Italians couldn’t be contained and took the match, 45-27.

In the individual event, Machovec and 2018 Cadet World Champion Kenji Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.) led Team USA with top-16 finishes.

Bravo, the 2018 Cadet World Team Champion who currently ranks No. 9 in the FIE Junior World Rankings, went 6-0 in pools to earn a bye to the table of 128, where he cruised past Szymon Pichlacz (POL), 15-6.

With a 15-12 victory over Francesco Zechini (ITA) and a 15-7 win over 2018 Senior World Team member Matthew James Quan Rong Lim (SGP), Bravo advanced to the table of 16, where he lost to 2016 Olympian and 2019 Junior World bronze medalist Mohamed Hamza (EGY), 15-11. Hamza went on to win gold.

Machovec, who won silver at the Bangkok Junior World Cup earlier this season, went 5-1 in pools and easily controlled his table of 128 bout against Julien Eberhardt (FRA), 15-5.

After defeating 2019 Senior World Team member Veljko Cuk (SRB), 15-10, Machovec edged out his teammate, Ethan Gassner (San Francisco, Calif.), 15-13, to reach the table of 16.

However, Machovec drew 2019 Junior World silver medalist Vladislav Mylnikov (RUS) and fell, 15-2.

With his top-16 finish, Machovec moved up into second behind Olivares in the USA Fencing Junior Men’s Foil Team Point Standings. Chen ranks third with Chase Emmer (Morristown, N.J.) in fourth and Daniel Zhang (Belmont, Mass.) in fifth, trailing Emmer by fewer than 300 points. Bravo jumped up to sixth and sits fewer than 625 points out of fourth.

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

Aix-En-Provence Individual Junior Men’s Foil World Cup
1. Mohamed Hamza (EGY)
2. Rafael Savin (FRA)
3. Vladislav Mylnikov (RUS)
3. Armand Spichiger (FRA)
5. Kirill Borodachev (RUS)
6. Anton Borodachev (RUS)
7. Davide Ryoga Lorenzoni (JPN)
8. Jonas Winterberg-Poulsen (DEN)

9. Kenji Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)
13. Andrew Machovec (East Rockaway, N.Y.)
19. Ethan Gassner (San Francisco, Calif.)
24. Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla.)
28. Chase Emmer (Morristown, N.J.)
43. Brandon Li (Acton, Mass.)
43. Bryce Louie (Los Angeles, Calif.)
51. Joon Paik (Norwood, N.J.)
80. James Chen (New York City, N.Y.)
103. Ashton Daniel (Cupertino, Calif.)
104. Daniel Zhang (Belmont, Mass.)
125. John Snytsheuvel (Rancho Mission, Calif.)

Aix-En-Provence Team Junior Men’s Foil World Cup
1. Italy
2. USA
3. France
4. Russia
5. Denmark
6. Japan
7. Germany
8. Egypt

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