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Gerek Meinhardt Wins Silver in Venice

03/18/2013, 10:30pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Silver medalist Gerek Meinhardt (far left) on the podium with gold medalist Andrea Cassara (ITA) and bronze medalists Andrea Baldini (ITA) and Peter Joppich. Photo Credit: Augusto Bizzi.

Gerek Meinhardt Wins Second Individual World Cup Medal of the Season in Venice, Miles Chamley-Watson Places Eighth

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Two-time Olympian Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.) finished the first leg of the World Cup season with his best career results on the circuit on Sunday when he won a silver medal at the Venice Foil Grand Prix in Italy.

Meinhardt, who qualified for his first Olympic Team at just 18-years-old in 2008, won bronze at the 2010 Senior Worlds, but the 22-year-old claimed his first individual European World Cup podium finish three weeks ago when he placed third in La Coruna, Spain.

Two weeks ago, Meinhardt earned another top-eight finish at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix. After returning to collegiate life to win the NCAA Midwest Regional for Notre Dame last week, Meinhardt was back on the road this weekend to claim another medal.

Seeded 15th in the tournament, Meinhardt was exempt from the preliminary tables on Saturday and defeated Vedran Fijolic (CRO), 15-10, in the table of 64.

In the table of 32, Meinhardt earned a close win over Minkyu Kim (KOR), 15-13.

Meinhardt’s next bout pitted him against Jianfei Ma (CHN) – the top seed who defeated Meinhardt in the table of 32 at this tournament in 2012.

Meinhardt defeated Ma, 15-11, to take his career record against the Chinese fencer to 2-1.

In the quarter-finals, Meinhardt fenced his London teammate, Miles Chamley-Watson (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Chamley-Watson, a redshirt senior at Penn State, advanced through the pools and preliminary tables to enter the table of 64 as the 41st seed. After a first-round victory over 2012 Junior World Champion Timur Safin (RUS), 15-10, Chamley-Watson won his table of 32 bout, 15-14, against Julien Mertine (FRA), a 2008 Junior World Team medalist who defeated London Olympian Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 15-12, in the table of 64.

Chamley-Watson took his table of 16 bout down to the wire as well, but edged Byungchul Choi (KOR), 15-14, to win the bout.

Chamley-Watson led the quarter-final, 13-12, but Meinhardt scored three straight touches to win the bout, 15-13.

In the semifinals, Meinhardt defeated four-time Senior World Champion Peter Joppich (GER), 15-10, just over two years after Joppich won their semifinal bout at the 2010 Senior Worlds.

In the gold medal final, Meinhardt led his bout against two-time Olympic Team Champion Andrea Cassara (ITA), 4-3, but Cassara came back to take the win, 15-8.

Meinhardt’s silver medal finish allowed him to move up to a #12 rank in the world.

After podium finishes at the last two events, London Olympian Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) will move up to a career-high ranking of fifth in the world after a 17th place result in Venice.

The Stanford freshman defeated two-time Senior World Team Champion Marcel Marcilloux (FRA) for the second time in the last two weeks. Massialas, who won their last bout in the table of 16 in St. Petersburg, took the win by a score of 15-7.

In the table of 32, Massialas dropped his second bout of the day to 2009 Senior World Team medalist Renal Ganeev (RUS), 15-13.

In earlier bouts, Massialas’s teammates on the U.S. team that won gold at the 2012 Junior Worlds, Michael Dudey (Bellaire, Texas) and Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.), were eliminated in the table of 64.

Dudey, a Princeton freshman, finished 49th after a 15-6 loss to Leszek Rajski (POL).

Chang, a freshman at Harvard, lost his bout to Choi, 15-12, and finished in 58th place.

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

Venice Foil Grand Prix
1. Andrea Cassara (ITA)
2. Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.)
3. Peter Joppich (GER)
3. Andrea Baldini (ITA)
5. James Davis (GBR)
6. Hua Li (CHN)
7. Artem Sedov (RUS)
8. Miles Chamley-Watson (Philadelphia, Pa.)

17. Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)
34. Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
49. Michael Dudey (Bellaire, Texas)
58. Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.)
81. Michael Woo (Wayne, N.J.)
90. David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.)

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