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Sage Palmedo Places Eighth in Women’s Saber at Cadet Worlds

04/10/2013, 4:30pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Sage Palmedo (right) fenced Ann-Sophie Kindler in the cadet women's saber quarter-finals. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE /

Cadet women's saber eighth-place finisher Sage Palmedo. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE /

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Fencing at her second Cadet World Championships, 16-year-old Sage Palmedo (Portland, Ore.) came just a touch away from bringing home a medal at the Cadet World Championships on Tuesday in Porec, Croatia.

Seeded just 31st in the table of 64 on Sunday, Palmedo advanced to the table of 32 where she upset second seed Palina Kaspiarovich (BLR), 15-12.

In the table of 16, Palmedo led from the start of her bout against Diana Zalevska (UKR) and was up, 8-5, at the break.  Palmedo outscored Zalevska, 7-5, in the second period to win the bout, 15-11.

As Team USA’s only fencer in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, Palmedo appeared to be set for a medal finish when she burst out to an 8-4 lead against Ann-Sophie Kindler (GER). Kindler fought back late in the second half to tie the bout at 12. Palmedo scored twice more, but Kindler picked up three in a row to steal the victory, 15-14.

Palmedo placed eighth overall and Kindler went on to win bronze. Palmedo will return to action in the junior individual event on Thursday.

Palmedo’s teammate, 17-year-old Lena Johnson (Peachtree City, Ga.) advanced to the table of 32 where she trailed Russian Ekaterina Kostina (RUS), 8-7, at the half. Johnson went on to take an 11-9 lead, but Kostina scored six of the next seven touches to win the bout, 15-12. Johnson finished 27th overall at her first Cadet Worlds.

Sixteen-year-old Axel Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) placed 14th at his second Cadet Worlds. Kiefer led his table of 32 opponent, Luka Gaganidze (GEO), 6-2, during the second period before reeling off nine straight touches to take the bout, 15-2.

In the table of 16, Kiefer trailed 2012 Cadet World Champion Kyosuke Matsuyama (JPN), 14-12, in the final minute of the bout. Kiefer scored two to tie the bout, but Matsuyama finished out the win, 15-14.  Kiefer placed 14th – his highest finish at a Cadet Worlds.

Kiefer’s teammate on both the 2012 and 2013 Cadet World Teams, 16-year-old Raymond Chen (Dallas, Texas) drew 2013 Cadet European Champion Bjoern-Erik Weiner (GER) in the table of 32. Chen and the German were tied at three after the first period, but Weiner pulled ahead by one to take a 10-9 lead after the second period. Weiner pulled away in the third with three straight early scores and went on to win the bout, 15-12. Chen finished 19th overall.

Seventeen-year-old Thomas Dudey (Bellaire, Texas) was seeded third in the table of 64 on Sunday at his first Cadet Worlds, but lost his table of 32 bout on Tuesday to Mykhailo Asadulaiev (UKR), 15-10, and placed 17th.

Both women’s foil and men’s saber held preliminary rounds on Monday as well with all six competitors advancing to the table of 32 on Tuesday.

Team USA’s women’s foil lineup features three former Junior World medalists as 19-year-old Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.) and 18-year-olds Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) and Jackie Dubrovich (Riverdale, N.J.) were all on the teams that won silver at the 2011 and 2012 Junior Worlds. Kiefer, a London Olympian and Notre Dame freshman, won silver and bronze medals in the individual event at the Junior Worlds in 2011 and 2012. Lu, who fences at Columbia with Dubrovich, also won individual bronze in 2011 as part of a 1-2-3 American finish.

By the end of the pool rounds, the U.S. women held the top two positions in the standings with Kiefer and Dubrovich both going undefeated with 5-0 records. Lu finished the pools, 4-2.

All three athletes earned byes into the table of 64 where Kiefer defeated Melissa Rebolledo (MEX), 15-5. Lu won her bout against Risa Kawamura (JPN) and Dubrovich took a 15-9 victory over Monica Davila (PUR).

Table of 32 match-ups are as follows:

·        Kiefer vs. Maria Boldor (ROU)

·        Dubrovich vs. Tamina Knauer (GER)

·        Lu vs. Martina Sinigalia (ITA)

All three athletes are in different quadrants of the table, setting up the possibility of a repeat result from the 2011 Junior Worlds.

In the men’s saber event, 2012 Junior World silver medalist 17-year-old Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.) went undefeated (5-0) in the pools to earn a seventh seed. Fencing in the junior competition for the first time after winning silver at the Cadet Worlds in 2012, 17-year-old Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.) finished the pools 5-1. First-time Junior World Team member Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif.) also went 5-1 in the pools.

Streets, a Penn State freshman, appeared to have no first-time jitters as he tore through his table of 64 opponent, Andres Hernandez Caballero (ESP), for a 15-3 victory in the table of 32. Mackiewicz defeated Luis Tamoy (VEN), 15-9, and Dershwitz won his bout over Diego De La Fuente (ESP), 15-11.

Table of 32 match-ups are as follows:

·        Dershwitz vs. Maxence Lambert (FRA)

·        Streets vs. Ziqiu Zhou (CHN)

·        Mackiewicz vs. Yue Tian (CHN)

The Junior Worlds will continue on Wednesday with the final rounds of the men’s saber and women’s foil events as well as the preliminary rounds of the men’s and women’s epee events.

Men’s and women’s epee fencers competing on Wednesday are as follows:

Junior Women’s Epee
Katharine Holmes (Washington, D.C.)
Anna Van Brummen (Houston, Texas)
Nina Van Loon (Boulder, Colo.)

Junior Men’s Epee
Lewis Weiss (Houston, Texas)
Conor Shepard (Colleyville, Texas)
Alex House (Upton, Mass.)

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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows, including athletes who placed outside the top 32 on Monday:


Cadet Women’s Saber
1. Karen Ngai Hing (HKG)
2. Theodora Goudoura (GRE)
3. Vanessa Infante (MEX)
3. Ann-Sophie Kindler (GER)
5. Lili Drajko (HUN)
6. Flaiminia Preardo (ITA)
7.  Julieta Toledo (MEX)
8. Sage Palmedo (Portland, Ore.)

27. Lena Johnson (Peachtree City, Ga.)
39. Anastasia Ivanoff (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Cadet Men’s Foil
1. Francesco Ingargiola (ITA)
2. Tommaso Ciuti (ITA)
3. Marat Bakirov (RUS)
3. Toshiya Saito (JPN)
5. Kyosuke Matsuyama (JPN)
6. Samuel Insperger (HUN)
7. Daniel Dosa (HUN)
8. Alberto Dei Rossi (ITA)

14. Axel Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.)
17. Thomas Dudey (Bellaire, Texas)
19. Raymond Chen (Dallas, Texas)

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