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Chamley-Watson and Imboden Earn Top-16 Results at Venice Foil Grand Prix

03/17/2014, 7:00pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Miles Chamley-Watson placed 11th at the Venice Foil Grand Prix. Photo Credit: Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – London Olympians Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.) and Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) each advanced to the table of 16 on Sunday at the Venice Foil Grand Prix in Italy. 

The reigning Senior World Champion, Chamley-Watson was seeded fifth in the tournament and held off a late comeback in the table of 64 to defeat Tobia Biondo (ITA), 15-12.

Chamley-Watson won his next bout by a 15-12 margin as well when he defeated 2013 Senior World team bronze medalist Jeremy Cadot (FRA) in the table of 32.

In the table of 16, 2012 Olympic Team Champion Giorgio Avola (ITA) burst out to a 6-0 lead over Chamley-Watson and was up, 10-2, at late in the first period when Chamley-Watson fought back to cut Avola’s lead to 10-5. The Italian adjusted quickly during the second period and went on to finish the bout, 15-5.

Although Chamley-Watson finished in 11th place, the result was good enough for a two-position jump in the world rankings were he now sits third.

Imboden, the 11th seed in the tournament, defeated Piotr Janda (POL) in the table of 64 and won his next bout, 15-11, over Andre Sanita (GER).

In the table of 16, Imboden fenced Peter Joppich (GER) – the four-time Senior World Champion whom Imboden bested in their last two meetings in 2011 and 2012. This time it was Joppich who came out on top with a 15-8 victory, leaving Imboden with a 13th place finish.

London Olympians Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.) and Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) were both eliminated in the table of 64.

Ranked No. 2 in the world at the start of the tournament, Meinhardt was upset, 15-11, by Hyogon Kim (KOR) and finished in 33rd place.

Massialas fell out of the top 16 in the world for the first time since 2011 and was forced to fence in the pools on Saturday. He went undefeated, however, and started entered the direct elimination rounds on Sunday the 18th seed.

In the table of 64, Massialas lost to Moritz Kroeplin (GER) and finished in 38th place.

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

Venice Foil Grand Prix
1. Jianfei Ma (CHN)
2. Enzo Lefort (FRA)
3. Junhyuk Kwak (KOR)
3. Alexander Choupenitch (CZE)
5. Andrea Cassara (ITA)
6. Peter Joppich (GER)
7. James-Andrew Davis (GBR)
8. Giorgio Avola (ITA)

11. Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.)
13. Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
33. Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.)
38. Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)
82. Michael Dudey (Bellaire, Texas)
90. Michael Woo (Wayne, N.J.)
92. Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.)
138. Raymond Chen (Dallas, Texas)

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