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U.S. Men’s Foil Team to Fence Japan for Bronze

08/01/2021, 12:15am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Team USA's Race Imboden, Alex Massialas, Gerek Meinhardt and Nick Itkin will fence in the bronze medal final tonight. Photo Credit: #BizziTeam.

(Tokyo) – The U.S. Men’s Foil Team will fence for a second straight Olympic bronze tonight where Team USA will take on host nation Japan at 6:30 p.m. JT (5:30 a.m. ET).

The match will be aired live on USA and streamed at https://stream.nbcolympics.com/fencing-day-9-medal-matches-mens-team-foil.

Team USA’s starting lineup for the day included 2016 Olympic individual silver medalist Alex Massialas (San Francisco, Calif. / Massialas Foundation / Stanford), six-time Senior World medalist Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Massialas Foundation / Notre Dame) and 2018 Junior World Champion Nick Itkin (Los Angeles, Calif. / Los Angeles International Fencing Center / Notre Dame). Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.), a 2019 Senior World Team Champion with Massialas and Meinhardt, was subbed in during the second rotation.

Massialas, Meinhardt and Imboden won bronze together in 2016 with Itkin competing at his first Games this year where the 21 year old placed 12th in individual.

Team USA defeated Germany, 45-36, in the quarter-finals, but lost to the Russian Olympic Committee, 45-41.

ROC will fence France in a repeat of the 2016 Olympic finals where Russia won gold and France took silver.

Japan upset Italy, 45-43, in the quarters, but lost to France, 45-42, in the semis.

A bronze medal win by Team USA would mark the second Olympic medal in the men’s team foil event for the United States since 1932.

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