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Massialas and Meinhardt Win Bronze in La Coruna

02/25/2013, 8:30pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Bronze medalists Alexander Massialas (second from right) and Gerek Meinhardt (far right) in La Coruna. Photo credit: Gerek Meinhardt.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Just over a year ago, London Olympian Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) made history when he and teammate Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) became the first two U.S. men’s foil fencers ever to medal at the same Senior World Cup when he and Imboden won bronze in Paris.

Massialas repeated the feat – this time with London teammate Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.)  – on Saturday at the La Coruna Foil World Cup in Spain when both fencers won bronze.

Meinhardt finished 5-1 in the pool rounds on Friday to enter the table of 64 on Saturday as the 29th seed while Massialas was exempt from the pools and went into the table of 64 as the 10th seed.

Massialas won his table of 64 bout against Siu Lun Cheung (HKG), 15-13, and earned a 15-8 victory in the next round over Timur Safin – the Russian who defeated Massialas in the semifinals of the 2012 Junior World Championships. In the table of 16, Massialas won his bout over Jean-Paul Tony Helissey (FRA), 15-10.

Meinhardt opened with wins over a pair of Russians – two-time Senior World medalist Artem Sedov and London Olympic quarter-finalist Alexey Cheremisinov who defeated Meinhardt in the table of 32 at the Paris World Cup in January. Meinhardt bested Sedov, 15-8, in the table of 64 and defeated Cheremisinov, 15-13, in the table of 32. Meinardt advanced to the quarter-finals after an 11-10 victory over Sebastian Bachmann (GER).

In the quarter-finals, Massialas earned his greatest career upset when he earned a 15-14 win over Andrea Baldini (ITA) – a seven-time Senior World medalist and 2012 Olympic Team Champion.

Meinhardt and James Davis (GBR) went to overtime in their quarter-final bout, but Meinhardt prevailed, 11-10.

Both Meinhardt and Massialas lost their semifinal bouts with Meinhardt falling to Jun Heo (KOR), 15-6, and Massialas dropping his bout to Artur Akhmatkhzin (RUS), 15-9.  Heo, who defeated Imboden, 15-9, in the table of 32, went on to take the silver and Akhmatkhzin won gold.

The win is the fourth Senior World Cup bronze medal for Massialas – an 18-year-old freshman at Stanford.

Meinhardt’s victory is a comeback of sorts for the Notre Dame redshirt senior. The win marks his first return to the podium at a World Cup since 2008 when he qualified for his first Olympic Games at just 18-years-old. Since winning bronze at the 2010 Senior World Championships, Meinhardt has battled injuries, but returned to the international circuit this season for a chance at another World medal.

London Olympian Miles Chamley-Watson (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned his best individual World Cup result since 2011 with his 16th-place finish on Saturday. A redshirt senior at Penn State, Chamley-Watson posted a 4-2 result in the pools and defeated Timur Arslanov (RUS), 15-5, in the preliminary table of 64 on Friday.

Chamley-Watson upset 2011 Senior World medalist Victor Sintes (FRA), 15-14, in his opening round bout on Saturday and defeated Siarhei Byk (BLR), 15-12, in the table of 32. Chamley-Watson missed the quarter-finals by a single touch when he lost his next bout to Marcel Marcilloux (FRA), 15-14.

David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.), Chamley-Watson’s teammate at Penn State, finished 2-4 in the pools and won his next two bouts to advance to Saturday’s rounds. Willette defeated Aliaksandr Lukashevich (BLR), 15-9, in the preliminary table of 128 and Theodoros Nakis (GRE), 15-7, in the preliminary table of 64.

On Saturday, Willette won his table of 64 bout, 15-14, over Jianfei Ma (CHN) – the fourth-ranked men’s foil fencer in the world. Willette lost his next bout to Marcilloux, 15-12, to finish 32nd.

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

La Coruna Individual Foil World Cup
1. Artur Akhmatkhuzin (RUS)
2. Jun Heo (KOR)
3. Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.)
3. Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)

5. Andrea Cassara (ITA)
6. Andrea Baldini (ITA)
7. James Davis (GBR)
8. Marcel Marcilloux (FRA)

16. Miles Chamley-Watson (Philadelphia, Pa.)
20. Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
32. David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.)
93. Max Blitzer (Staten Island, N.Y.)
99. Michael Woo (Wayne, N.J.)
106. Jeremy Goldstein (Westport, Conn.)
113. Stephen Mageras (Darien, Conn.)
117. Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.)

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