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Team USA Sends Seven to the Table of 64 at the Paris Foil World Cup

01/28/2012, 8:59am CST
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(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Seven members of Team USA will compete in the table of 64 at the Paris Foil World Cup in France on Saturday.

Of 12 total entrants in the event, five U.S. athletes advanced out of the pools and preliminary tables held on Friday while #11th seeded Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and #16 Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) earned exemptions into the table of 64.

In the pools, 18-year-old Michael Dudey (Bellaire, Texas) made his senior international debut an impressive one as he went undefeated in the pools – the only U.S. fencer to do so on Friday. Dudey, the #4-ranked junior in the United States, is seeking to move up in both the senior rankings as well as the junior point totals where he needs a #3 ranking to compete in the individual events at the Junior World Championships in April.

That ranking is held by 2011 Cadet World Team member Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.) who also advanced directly out of the pools into the table of 64 with a 5-1 result and a #9 ranking in the pools.

Miles Chamley-Watson (Philadelphia, Pa.), a fifth-place finisher at the 2010 Senior Worlds, and three-time Senior World Team member Kurt Getz (Rye, N.Y.) each advanced out of the pools with 5-1 finishes as well. Getz finished eighth and Chamley-Watson was 13th in the pools.

Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.) ended the pools with a 3-2 result after Mongolian Batsuuri Battumur withdrew from the event.

Meinhardt needed two wins in the preliminary tables to advance to the table of 64, but won both bouts easily as he defeated Jan Krejcik (CZE), 15-5, and Jamie Kenber (GER), 15-7.

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The following are the results for U.S. athletes who did not advance out of the preliminary rounds:

66. David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.)
85. Adam Elkassas (Du Bois, Pa.)
127. Michael Woo (Wayne, N.J.)
156. Benjamin Parkins (The Woodlands, Texas)
166. Turner Caldwell (San Francisco, Calif.)

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