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Alexander Massialas Places Ninth in Torino, Remains World No. 1

12/02/2015, 7:00pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Alexander Massialas (right) remains No. 1 in the U.S. and the world.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – London Olympian Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) retained his No. 1 world ranking over the weekend after placing ninth at the Torino Foil Grand Prix on Sunday in Italy.

The 2015 Senior World silver medalist drew two-time Junior World medalist Alexander Choupenitch (CZE) in the table of 64 and built a quick 5-1 lead that grew to 12-7 by the end of the first period. Massialas gave up just one touch in the second to win the bout, 15-8.

Massialas would face a greater challenge in the 32 when he took on four-time Senior World Team Champion Erwann Le Pechoux (FRA) who held the bout at 5-5 tie after the first period and stayed within two touches of Massialas for the remainder of the bout. With Massialas up, 14-12, Le Pechoux scored twice before Massialas clinched the win at 15-14.

In the table of 16, Massialas was tied with 2014 Senior World silver medalist Jianfei Ma (CHN) at three touches in the first period before Ma went on a five-touch streak. Ma’s lead grew to 13-7 at the break before he closed the bout at 15-8 in the second period and went on to win the Grand Prix gold.

Massialas’s 2012 Olympic teammates, Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.) earned 18th and 19th place finishes respectively.

Imboden, the 2014-15 Overall World Cup Champion, trailed Andre Sanita (GER), 7-4, at the break in the table of 64 before mounting a comeback in the second period where he tied the German first at eight and then at 12 before closing out the bout, 15-12.

In the table of 32, Jean-Paul Tony Helissey (FRA) led Imboden, 10-14, in the second period before the American replied with three straight touches. Helissey picked up the final score he needed, however, to win the bout, 15-13.

The 2013 Senior World Champion, Chamley-Watson, went on a five-touch run to take a 6-3 lead in the first period of his bout against 2014 Senior World Team Champion Vincent Simon (FRA), but Simon came back with five touches to take the lead at 9-8 after the first period. The two fencers exchanged touches with one a piece until Chamley-Watson scored four straight to win the bout, 15-12.

Chamley-Watson drew Kwanghyun Lee (KOR) in the table of 32 and trailed the Korean, 9-3, in the second before losing the bout, 15-6.  

Although two-time Olympian Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.) won bronze at the Tokyo World Cup earlier this month, he fell short of the podium in Torino with a 33rd place result. Meinhardt held a 13-10 lead against Tarek Ayad (EGY) at the break of their table of 64 bout, but Ayad went on a 5-1 run in the second to finish the bout with a 15-14 victory.

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

Torino Men’s Foil Grand Prix
1. Jianfei Ma (CHN)
2. Richard Kruse (GBR)
3. Kwanghyun Lee (KOR)
3. Lorenzo Nista (ITA)
5. James-Andrew Davis (GBR)
6. Jun Heo (KOR)
7. Giorgio Avola (ITA)
8. Tommaso Lari (ITA)

9. Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)
18. Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
19. Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.)
33. Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.)
70. David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.)
94. Brian Kaneshige (Maplewood, N.J.)
126. Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.)
140. Alexander Chiang (Atlanta, Ga.)


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