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Team USA Finishes Sixth at St. Petersburg Women’s Foil World Cup

06/07/2011, 8:00am CDT
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(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA placed sixth at the St. Petersburg Women’s Foil World Cup in Russia on Tuesday. 

Competing in the second team tournament of the Olympic qualifying season, the squad of Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.), Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.) and Ambika Singh (Skillman, N.J.) won the opening bout against Canada, 45-38, in the table of 16 which allowed Team USA to hold onto its lead over Canada in the qualifying rankings.

In the table of eight, Poland, the reigning World silver medalists, defeated Team USA, 45-34.

Team USA dropped down to the 5th – 8th place bracket where the ladies defeated Hungary in overtime as Prescod scored the last touch to win the bout, 40-39.

In the next bout, Team USA fell to Germany, 39-30, to finish sixth.

The team event followed two days of individual competition in which Nicole Ross (New York City, N.Y.) earned the top finish for Team USA as she placed 26th.

Ross was one of five U.S. athletes to qualify for the table of 64 on Monday, but the only one to advance to the table of 32. After advancing directly from the pools with a 5-1 record on Saturday, Ross won her opening bout against Gaelle Gebet (FRA), 15-9, but lost her second bout to two-time World medalist Hyun-Hee Nam (KOR), 15-9. 

In the table of 64, #13 seed Kiefer qualified directly to the table of 64 as one of the top 16 athletes in the world, but then lost to three-time Junior World medalist Fanny Kreiss (HUN), 11-10, to place 36th 

Like Ross, Prescod also posted a 5-1 record in the pools, but the reigning Junior World Champion, placed 42nd after a 13-9 loss to Diana Yakovleva (RUS).

Singh and four-time Senior World Team member Doris Willette (Lafayette, Calif.) both advanced through the pools and preliminary tables on Sunday to qualify for the table of 64.

Singh lost her opening bout to Kanae Ikehata (JPN), 15-8, to finish 50th and Willette was defeated by Yuan Liu (CHN), 15-9.

Top eight and U.S. results are as follows, including athletes who placed outside the top 64 on Sunday:

St. Petersburg Team Foil World Cup
1. Italy
2. Korea
3. Russia
4. Poland
5. Germany
6. USA
7. Japan
8. Hungary

St. Petersburg Individual Foil World Cup
1. Valentina Vezzali (ITA)
2. Arianna Errigo (ITA)
3. Elisa Di Francisca (ITA)
3. Hyun-Hee Nam (KOR)
5. Eugyenia Lamonova (RUS)
6. Inna Deriglazova (RUS)
7. Benedetta Durando (ITA)
8. Valentina Cipriani (ITA)

26. Nicole Ross (New York City, N.Y.)
36. Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.)
42. Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
50. Ambika Singh (Skillman, N.J.)
51. Doris Willette (Lafayette, Calif.)
66. Emily Cross (New York City, N.Y.)
88. Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.)
110. Adrienne Nott (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.)
114. Hyun-Kyung Yuh (Scarsdale, N.Y.)

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