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Race Imboden Places Sixth at San Francisco Foil World Cup

10/19/2014, 1:30am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Race Imboden after his table of 16 win against Julien Mertine. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff

(San Francisco, Calif.) – London Olympian Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) opened the new international season with a sixth-place finish at the San Francisco Foil World Cup at Kezar Pavilion on Saturday.

Imboden drew Jean-Paul Tony Helissey (FRA) in the table of 64 and led most of the bout by one or two-touch margins. In the third period, Imboden was up, 14-12, but Helissey fought back with two scores to tie the bout.

Imboden scored the final touch for a 15-14 win.

“He’s a really strong competitor and a really nice guy. We’re friends off the strip, but he’s really strong physically and he’s one of those guys who never gives up, so he’s your worst nightmare as a first bout. You want somebody you can break as your first bout usually, but he fenced a great bout and made it really tough for me,” Imboden said.

In the table of 32, Imboden led Kenta Chida (JPN), 11-8, with a minute remaining in the second period before scoring four straight to take the bout, 15-8.

Imboden fenced 2014 Senior World Team Champion Julien Mertine (FRA) in the table of 16 and trailed his opponent for all of the first period which Mertine closed out at 9-6. In the second period, Imboden tied the score at 11 and scored three of the next four touches. On the final exchange, Mertine was red carded and Imboden won the bout, 15-12.

Jeremy Cadot (FRA), a 2013 Senior World Team bronze medalist, controlled most of a fast-paced first period of the quarter-finals and held a 12-10 lead at the break. Imboden tied the score at 13 within 30 seconds of the start of the second period, but Cadot finished the round, 15-14, and would go on to win gold.

“His fencing style is one of those things where you’re never comfortable. It’s a lot of waiting. He holds his arm really far back so it’s a lot of squirming and ducking and twisting. He got that last touch off and, obviously, I can’t say I’m happy about it. He won today, but hopefully I can beat him next time,” Imboden said. “It was a hard last bout. I made some mistakes and there were some things I need to improve, but it’s the beginning of the season and hopefully we can go on from here.”

On Sunday, Imboden will fence the team event with his 2012 Olympic teammates Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.), Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.) and Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)

“I think we’ll be fine for team. The home crowd’s been awesome and everyone came out for individual, so, if we have the same support tomorrow, it’ll be excellent,” Imboden said.

Two-time Junior World Team Champion David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.) advanced to the table of 32. After a 15-12 win against fifth seed James Davis (GBR) in the table of 64, Willette lost to Timur Arslanov (RUS), 15-9.

Meinhardt, Massialas and Chamley-Watson will each be looking for redemption in the team competition after suffering first-round losses in the individual event.

Meinhardt and Chamley-Watson both lost to French fencers with Meinhardt dropping his bout against Vincent Simon (FRA), 15-14, and Chamley-Watson falling to Cadot, 15-13.

Massialas lost to Daniel Gomez (MEX), 15-9.

Their teammate, Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.), held a lead against 2014 Senior World Champion Alexey Cheremisinov (RUS) for most of his table of 64 bout, but the Russian came back to take a 15-14 win.

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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows, including athletes who placed outside the top 64 on Friday:

San Francisco Foil Individual World Cup
1. Jeremy Cadot (FRA)
2. Andrea Baldini (ITA)
3. Lorenzo Nista (ITA)
3. Edoardo Luperi (ITA)
5. Alexey Cheremisinov (RUS)
6. Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
7. Yuki Ota (JPN)
8. Alexey Khovanskiy (RUS)

31. David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.)
33. Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.)
36. Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)
38. Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.)
62. Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.)

76. Geoffrey Tourette (Cupertino, Calif.)
78. Brian Kaneshige (Maplewood, N.J.)
79. William Upbin (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
81. Turner Caldwell (San Francisco, Calif.)
85. Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)
86. Michael Woo (Wayne, N.J.)
96. Aaron Ahn (Los Angeles, Calif.)
97. Aiden Ahn (Los Angeles, Calif.)
110. Adam Mathieu (Union City, N.J.)
120. Axel Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.)
122. James Sands (New York, N.Y.)
126. Darren Mei (Redwood City, Calif.)
131. Samuel Moelis (Hewlett, N.Y.)
137. Max Blitzer (Staten Island, N.Y.)
138. Kurt Getz (New York City, N.Y.)
142. David Hadler (San Francisco, Calif.)
145. Sidarth Kumbla (San Jose, Calif.)
150. Nolen Scruggs (Ozone Park, N.Y.)
155. Jan Maceczek (Marlboro, N.J.)
157. Julian Knodt (Palo Alto, Calif.)
161. Jarred Gou (Saratoga, Calif.)
167. Stephen Mageras (Darien, Conn.)
169. Raymond Chen (Dallas, Texas)
170. Brian Howard (Petaluma, Calif.)
173. Matthew Branman (Villanova, Pa.)
177. Lucas Orts (Burlingame, Calif.)
180. George Haglund (Califon, N.J.)
188. Michael Li (Palo Alto, Calif.)

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