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Team USA Concludes Individual Competition at WUGs

07/10/2013, 8:15pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The U.S. Women’s Saber and Men’s Foil Teams competed on the final day of the individual events at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia on Tuesday.

Three U.S. Women’s Saber Team fencers advanced to the table of 32.

After a 2-3 result in pools, Princeton graduate Eliza Stone (Chicago, Ill.) was seeded 28th in the table of 64 where the 2013 Pan American silver medalist defeated Tatyana Prikhodko (KAZ), 15-11.

In the table of 32, Stone fenced 2012 Olympic Champion Jiyeon Kim (KOR) – an opponent she could face at the Senior World Championships in Budapest next month.

Stone kept the bout close, but Kim earned the win, 15-10, and went on to take the silver medal while Stone finished 28th overall.

Stone’s younger sister, Gracie Stone (Chicago, Ill.) also competed on Tuesday. As the only two siblings on the U.S. Fencing Team in Russia, the Stone sisters have competed together often with Eliza  winning gold and Gracie, a freshman at Princeton, taking bronze at the NCAA Championships in March.

Gracie’s 3-3 result in the pools gave her an advantage into the direct elimination tables where she earned a bye into the table of 32.

In her first direct elimination bout, Gracie lost to Loreta Maria Gulotta (ITA), 15-6, and placed 26th.

Penn State senior Nicole Glon (State College, Pa.) also went 3-3 in the pools. After a bye in the table of 64, Glon lost to three-time Senior World Team Champion Dina Galiakbarova (RUS), 15-4, and finished 27th.

Kamali Thompson (Teaneck, N.J.), a second-year student at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, won two of her five pool bouts and finished 36th after a 15-9 loss to Shan Liu (CHN).

All three U.S. men’s foil fencers advanced to the table of table of 64 with 2013 Junior World Team silver medalist Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.) splitting his pool bouts, 3-3, and Michael Woo (Wayne, N.Y.) and Max Blitzer (Staten Island, N.Y.) claiming two wins each.

Bravo, a sophomore at Penn State, placed 41st overall after a 15-7 loss in the table of 64 to Ryunosuke Kitagawa (JPN).

Woo, who earned NCAA All-American honors as a freshman at Harvard last season, drew Marcus Mepstead (GBR) in his opening direct elimination round, but lost the bout, 15-7 and finished 45th.

Fencing in his first season on the senior international circuit, Blitzer lost to Daima Onizawa (JPN), 15-8, in the table of 64. The St. John’s junior placed 48th.

Team competition begins on Wednesday with the women’s epee and men’s saber events.

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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:

Women’s Individual Saber
1. Olga Kharlan (UKR)
2. Jiyeon Kim (KOR)
3. Ekaterina Dyachenko (RUS)
3. Galyna Pundyk (UKR)
5. Rajin Lee (KOR)
6. Dina Galiakbarova (RUS)
7. Loreta Gulotta (ITA)
8. Yuliya Gavrilova (RUS)

26. Gracie Stone (Chicago, Ill.)
27. Nicole Glon (State College, Pa.)
28. Eliza Stone (Chicago, Ill.)
36. Kamali Thompson (Teaneck, N.J.)

Men’s Individual Foil
1. Alexey Cheremisinov (RUS)
2. Young Ki Son (KOR)
3. Daniele Garozzo (ITA)
3. Edoardo Luperi (ITA)
5. Klod Yunes (UKR)
6. Husayn Rosowsky (GBR)
7. Daima Onizawa (JPN)
8. Vincent Simon (FRA)

41. Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)
45. Michael Woo (Wayne, N.J.)
48. Max Blitzer (Staten Island, N.Y.)

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