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Iman Blow Wins Gold, Team USA Places Eighth at Zagreb Junior World Cup

02/04/2015, 2:45pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Iman Blow (far left) with her gold medal trophy in Zagreb. Photo Credit: Buckie Leach.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Iman Blow (Brooklyn, N.Y.), a 2014 Cadet World Team member, won her first Junior World Cup title in Zagreb, Croatia on Saturday.

This is the second Junior World Cup medal of the season for Blow who took silver in Timisoara, Romania in September.

Blow drew a pool with only five competitors in the pools, but still went undefeated and earned both a fourth seed and a bye into the table of 64.

Blow fenced teammate Xiao-Qing Tsai (Salt Lake City, Utah) in her first direct elimination bout and followed the 15-8 win with a 15-12 victory against 2014 Cadet European medalist Meredith Guillaume (FRA).

In the table of 16, Blow defeated another American teammate, two-time Cadet World Team member Morgan Partridge (Swansea, Mass.), and won their bout, 15-9.

Blow secured a podium finish with a 15-10 win against 2014 Cadet World bronze medalist Claudia Borella (ITA) and dominated her semifinal bout as she cruised to a 15-4 victory against Anna Szymczak (POL).

In the gold medal final, Blow won her bout against two-time Cadet European medalist Elisabetta Bianchin (ITA), 15-10.

The win moved Blow from third to second in the Junior Team Point Standings behind 2014 Junior World Team Champion Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) and ahead of 2013 Junior World team silver medalist Sara Taffel (New York City, N.Y.) With just next week’s Junior Olympic Championships remaining before the foil squad is selected for the Junior World Championships, Blow’s gold medal secured her a position on her first Junior World Team.

On Sunday, Blow fenced in the team event with Partridge as well as 2014 Cadet World Team member Stefani Deschner (Mechanicsville, Va.) and Jessie Laffey (Glen Ridge, N.J.)

The squad defeated Great Britain, 41-31, in the table of 16, but lost to Japan, 45-36, in the quarters.

Team USA struggled in the 5th – 8th place tables finished eighth after losses to Italy, 44-37, and Romania, 45-40.

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

Zagreb Individual Foil World Cup
1. Iman Blow (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

2. Elisabetta Bianchin (ITA)
3. Chloe Jubenot (FRA)
3. Anna Szymczak (POL)
5. Oksana Pogrebniak (RUS)
6. Maria Boldor (ROU)
7. Claudia Borella (ITA)
8. Komaki Kikuchi (JPN)

11. Morgan Partridge (Swansea, Mass.)
31. Jessie Laffey (Glen Ridge, N.J.)
32. Kennedy Lovelace (Frisco, Texas)
41. Sylvie Binder (Armonk, N.Y.)
43. Stefani Deschner (Mechanicsville, Va.)
59. Simone Unwalla (Great Falls, Va.)
61. Xiao-Qing Tsai (Salt Lake City, Utah)
67. Elyssa Kleiner (San Francisco, Calif.)
73. Nicole Vaiani (Belmar, N.J.)
83. Finnula Mageras (Darien, Conn.)
92. Teresa McBryan (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Zagreb Team Foil World Cup
1. Russia
2. Japan
3. Poland
4. France
5. Italy
6. Hungary
7. Romania
8. USA

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