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U.S. Men’s Epee Team Returns to the Podium with Silver Medal at the Tallinn World Cup

03/06/2011, 8:24am CST
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(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – In November, Team USA made history with a silver medal epee win at the World Championships in Paris – the first finish on a World podium for a U.S. men’s epee team.

The U.S. men showed that a return to the podium at the 2011 Worlds is in the team’s sight when the four-person squad earned a silver medal at the Tallinn World Cup in Estonia on Sunday.

The win marked the first medal win at a World Cup for the U.S. men’s team since 2009 in a field of 26 teams that included each of the top 10 ranked teams in the world.

Team USA included three members of the 2010 World Team – Seth Kelsey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Cody Mattern (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Benjamin Bratton (New York City, N.Y.) as well as Adam Rodney (Queens, N.Y.) who earned his first career World Cup medal with the squad.

As the #6 seed in the event, Team USA had a first-round bye and a second-round win over Canada, 30-20.

After a narrow win over Poland, 45-44, Team USA advanced to the semifinals where the squad avenged its 2010 loss in the World finals to France with a 45-40 victory.

In the finals, the U.S. men battled with Russia who placed fourth at the 2010 Worlds. The two teams were evenly matched, but Russia took the win by a single touch – 27-26.

Team USA will return to action for another chance at gold on March 20 at the Paris World Cup.

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