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Sylvie Binder Wins Bronze in Cadet World Championships Debut

04/04/2015, 8:15pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Sylvie Binder (far right) won bronze at the Cadet Worlds in Uzbekistsan. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE /

Sylvie Binder after her table of 16 win over 2014 Cadet World Champion Marta Martyanova (RUS). Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE /

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Fifteen-year-old Sylvie Binder (Armonk, N.Y.) won a bronze medal in women’s foil at her first Cadet World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Friday.

After a 4-2 pool round, Binder needed just over two minutes to dispatch her first opponent, Kameliya Melashenko (TKM) in the table of 64 where she scored eight straight touches to close out the bout at 15-4.

In the table of 32, Binder took an 8-3 lead after the first period against Rio Azuma (JPN), a gold medalist on the Cadet European Cup circuit. Up 13-8 after the second, Binder allowed just one touch in the third to win the bout, 15-9.

Binder drew the reigning Cadet World Champion, Marta Martyanova (RUS), in the table of 16 and trailed the No. 2 seed for the first two periods, but tied the bout at seven early in the third as she scored four straight to take a 10-7 lead. With 10 seconds on the clock, Binder was looking to close out the bout at 14-10, but the Russian was having none of it and whipped out four touches to send the bout to overtime as the capacity crowd roared for the day’s most exciting matchup. Binder regrouped and scored the winning touch with 12 seconds left to take the bout, 15-14, and upset the event favorite.

In the quarter-finals, Binder faced 2014 Cadet European Championships team silver medalist Janka Toth (HUN) in their first bout since Binder defeated Toth en route to winning gold at the Gyor Cadet European Cup last fall. Toth controlled most of the first period where she held a 7-2 lead, but Binder answered with three straight to finish the first and went on a 10-2 run in the second for a 15-9 victory.

Team USA nearly had an all-American semifinal as two-time Cadet World Team member Stefani Deschner (Mechanicsville, Va.) narrowly missed defeating Italian Serena Rossini in the other quarter-final. Seeded No. 3 in the tournament, Deschner and Rossini were tied at 14 after two periods when Rossini scored quickly in the third to win the bout, 15-14.

In the evening semifinal, Binder held a 6-1 lead early in the first period, but Rossini fought back to tie the bout at 11 by the end of the second. The two fencers swapped touches throughout the third period with neither pulling away by more than one and Rossini taking the final touch and a 15-14 win.

Binder’s podium finish continues Team USA’s streak of having reached the women’s foil medal stand at the Cadet Worlds for eight straight years – beginning in 2008 when future Olympians Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) won gold and bronze.

Three-time Cadet World Team member Morgan Partridge (Swansea, Mass.) also fenced on Friday and advanced to the table of 64, but she fell to Amita Berthier (SIN), 15-12, in the table of 32.

The cadet men’s saber squad included three first-time World Team members – each of whom were determined to make his mark on the world stage.

Andrew Doddo (South Orange, N.J.), the reigning Junior Olympic Champion, finished the pool rounds with a 6-0 result and earned a bye into the table of 32 where he led Ahmed Alqudihi (KSA), 8-2, at the break. Doddo controlled the beginning of the second period and held off a late comeback attempt by Aqudihi to win the bout, 15-10.

In the table of 16, Doddo opened his bout against Frederic Kindler (GER) with an 8-1 run in the first period and held Kindler to just three more touches in the second as he dominated his opponent for a 15-4 win.

Doddo, who medaled twice on the Cadet European Cup circuit this season, needed just one more bout win to secure a Cadet World Championship medal. Doddo’s quarter-final opponent, 2014 Cadet World bronze medalist Konstantin Lokhanov (RUS), took a 7-2 lead in the first period, but Doddo closed the gap to 8-5 by the break. In the second period, Doddo tied the bout at 10 before the Russian went on a run of five straight touches and a 15-10 victory.

Sun’s table of 64 opponent, Ebrahim Esmaail (KUW), came within a touch of Sun who held a 5-4 lead in the first period. Sun scored four straight before the break. In the second period, Sun outscored Esmaail, 7-3, and won the bout, 15-7.

Sun lost his table of 32 bout to Petru Aniculoesei (ROU), 15-9.

Sieradzky won his table of 64 bout against Mehmet Fatih Ant (TUR), 15-8, and came a bout short of fencing Doddo in the 16 when he lost to Kindler, 15-10, in the 32.

Click here to view complete cadet men’s saber results.

Click here to view complete cadet women’s foil results.

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

Cadet Women’s Foil World Championships
1. Leonie Ebert (GER)
2. Serena Rossini (ITA)
3. Sylvie Binder (Armonk, N.Y.)
3. Victoria Yusova (RUS)
5. Stefani Deschner (Mechanicsville, Va.)
6. Sarah Filby (CAN)
7. Janka Toth (HUN)
8. Renata Tomczak (POL)

24. Morgan Partridge (Swansea, Mass.)

Cadet Men’s Saber World Championships
1. Dongju Kim (KOR)
2. Konstantin Lokhanov (RUS)
3. Matteo Neri (ITA)
3. Alberto Arpino (ITA)
5. Andrew Doddo (South Orange, N.J.)
6. Yevgen Tryfonov (UKR)
7. Anatoliy Kostenko (RUS)
8. Jing Siang Lam (SIN)

18. Andrew Sun (Alpharetta, Ga.)
22. Dawson Sieradzky (Wayne, N.J.)

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