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U.S. Men’s Foil Team Wins Third Silver of the Season in Havana

05/28/2013, 8:15pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

The U.S. Men's Foil Team won its fourth straight medal of the season. (L-R): Coach Greg Massialas, Miles Chamley-Watson, Race Imboden, David Willette, Gerek Meinhardt and USA Fencing President Don Anthony Jr.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The U.S. Men’s Foil Team concluded its most successful World Cup season in history on Sunday when the squad won a silver medal at the Havana World Cup in Cuba.

The medal was the fourth podium finish for the team this season in as many events – a record not only for the program, but the team’s record of one gold and three silver medals is the best of any U.S. squad this season.

Following his gold medal win in the individual event on Saturday, Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) joined with London Olympians Miles Chamley-Watson (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.) and 2008 Senior World Team member David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.) in the team event.

Chamley-Watson, Meinhardt and Willette defeated Chile, 45-24, in the table of 16 and Korea, 45-34, in the quarter-finals.

In the semifinals, Chamley-Watson anchored Team USA to a 45-41 win over Germany – the 2012 Olympic bronze medalists.  

Team USA led Russia, 12-4, during the gold medal final, but Meinhardt injured his back and had to withdraw from the match. Imboden was substituted into the lineup, but Russia came back to take the win, 45-32.

The medal was the 10th of the season for the U.S. men’s foil program, including four team medals and six individual podium finishes with Meinhardt winning two Grand Prix silvers and a World Cup bronze; Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) earning a Grand Prix silver and a World Cup bronze; and Imboden winning gold in the individual event in Havana.

Team USA’s 10 medals for the season put the U.S. Men’s Foil Team tied with Russia for the second most medals of any men’s foil team in the world and just four back from Italy.

The U.S. men are currently ranked second in the world – a position that they are expected to retain going into the Senior World Championships in August.

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Top eight results are as follows:

Havana Team World Cup
1. Russia
2. USA
3. Italy
4. Germany
5. Korea
6. Poland
7. France
8. Great Britain


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