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Chamley-Watson Joins Teammates in the 64 at Senior Worlds

08/06/2013, 5:15pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Miles Chamley-Watson (right) defeated Great Britain's Marcus Mepstead in the pools.

(Budapest, Hungary) – For Miles Chamley-Watson (Philadelphia, Pa.), the difference between fencing in the qualifying rounds at the Senior World Championships and being exempt came down to just one world ranking point.

Chamley-Watson was tied with Jun Heo (CHN) for the 16th position in the men’s foil rankings, but Heo took the slot due to his silver medal finish at the La Coruna World Cup earlier this season.

While his teammates were all exempt from the preliminary rounds, Chamley-Watson came in as the top seed in the pools.

“I knew that I had to fence strong and be focused for all six bouts and that I couldn’t take anybody for granted,” said Chamley-Watson who rattled off six straight victories to finish the day as the #3 fencer in the pool rankings and will be the 19th seed in the table of 64 on Friday. “I’m happy I was able to come in and get it done so I can relax for the rest of the day. There were some things I could have done differently, but I’m happy I was able to squeak by and win all of my bouts. Now I want to take some lessons and focus on the 64.”

Among Chamley-Watson’s wins was a 5-3 victory over his former Penn State teammate, David Gomez (MEX).

“I’m used to cheering for him and now I want to kill him on the strip. Thank God I was able to get the victory. With him being my teammate, you know it can always go either way since we fence a lot. It was kind of weird having him in my pool, but I’m happy I was able to get the win,” Chamley-Watson said.

After two top-eight finishes on the World Cup circuit and a fifth-place result at the 2010 Senior Worlds, Chamley-Watson has just one thing on his mind now: gold.

“I’m ready to win. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Chamley-Watson and teammates Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.), Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.) and Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) will all fence in the table of 64 on Friday.

In the men’s epee competition, Team USA brought a mix of veteran and younger fencers to the Senior Worlds.

Alex Tsinis (Little Neck, N.Y.) has fenced on the international circuit since 2005, but this year marks the first time the 33-three-year-old has qualified for the national team.

After a 3-2 result in the pools, Tsinis came out strong in the preliminary table of 128 where he defeated Khaled Buhdeima (LBA), 15-4.

The win made Tsinis the only U.S. men’s epee fencer to advance to the next round.

With one victory needed to advance to the second day of competition, Tsinis took three straight passivity calls against German Falk Spautz to send the bout to overtime.

Spautz won the coin toss and was awarded priority – meaning that if the score was tied at the end of the minute, Spautz would take the win. Tsinis led for most of the minute and was up, 4-3, when Spautz charged at him with two seconds on the clock to earn a tying touch. Tsinis made a final attack, but fell short of scoring another touch and Spautz took the win and Tsinis placed 80th overall.

Two-time Olympian and reigning World Team Champion Soren Thompson (New York City, N.Y.) posted a strong, 5-1, pool result and earned a bye into the preliminary table of 128. Thompson placed 99th, however, after he was upset, 15-13, by Canadian junior Marc Antoine Blais-Belanger.

Two-time Pan Am Team member Jason Pryor (Colorado Springs, Colo.) went 4-2 in the pools, but lost in the preliminary table of 128 to Dmitriy Gryaznov (KAZ), 15-14. Pryor finished 108th in his Senior Worlds debut.

Two-time Junior World Team member Adam Watson (Richford, Vt.) finished the pools with a 4-2 record as well. In the preliminary table of 128, Watson lost his bout to Richard Pokorny (CZE), 15-9, and finished in 114th place.

Pools and preliminary rounds also will be held in women’s saber, but all four U.S. fencers – Mariel Zagnis (Beaverton, Ore.), Eliza Stone (Chicago, Ill.), Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.) and Ibtihaj Muhammad (Maplewood, N.J.) – were exempt.

Competition continues on Wednesday when Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.), Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Nicole Ross (New York City, N.Y.) and Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.) fence in the women’s foil table of 64. All four members of the U.S. Men’s Saber Team will fence on Wednesday as well, including Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y.), Jeff Spear (Wynantskill, N.Y.), Aleksander Ochocki (Linden, N.J.) and Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.)

Follow the results for all Senior World Championship events live at http://www.engarde-service.com/files/wch2013/wch2013/.

Beginning on Wednesday, the Senior Worlds also will be streamed live at www.youtube.com/fievideo.

Competition schedule is as follows (all times local):

Wednesday, Aug. 7
8 a.m.
Women’s Individual Foil Round of 64

9:55 a.m.
Women’s Individual Foil Round of 32

11:45 a.m.
Women’s Individual Foil Round of 16

12:55 p.m.
Women’s Individual Foil Quarter-finals

1:30 p.m.
Men’s Individual Saber Round of 64

2:40 p.m.
Men’s Individual Saber Round of 32

3:50 p.m.
Men’s Individual Saber Round of 16

4:40 p.m.
Men’s Individual Saber Quarter-Finals

6 p.m.
Women’s Individual Foil Semifinals

6:50 p.m.
Men’s Individual Saber Semifinals

7:20 p.m.
Women’s Individual Foil Finals

7:45 p.m.
Men’s Individual Saber Finals

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