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World No. 3 Lee Kiefer Wins Season’s Fourth Medal in Tauber

05/03/2018, 12:45pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Lee Kiefer (far right) won bronze in Tauberbischofsheim. Photo Credit: Augusto Bizzi / FIE

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Two-time Olympian Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) continued one of her most successful seasons yet this weekend with a bronze medal finish at the Tauberbischofsheim Women’s Foil World Cup in Germany on Saturday.

The first-year medical student retained her No. 3 world ranking after earning her third straight international medal and fourth in the six tournaments in which she has competed this season.

In the table of 64, Kiefer held a 4-3 lead over Ana Beatriz Bulcao (BRA) in the first before closing the period with a 6-2 run for a 10-5 lead. Bulcao came within three touches of Kiefer in the second, but the American ended the bout with a 15-11 victory.

Kiefer had another strong end to the first period in the 32 where she scored four straight to end the opening period against 2016 Junior World medalist Martyna Dlugosz (POL) with a 9-3 lead. Dlugosz cut Kiefer’s lead to 10-7 in the second, but Kiefer finished strong to finish the bout at 15-10.

Kiefer drew another Polish up-and-comer in the table of 16 in two-time Junior World Team Champion Julia Walczyk, ending the first period at 12-5 with a 5-1 run. Kiefer gave up just two touches in the second to win the bout, 15-7.

In the quarter-finals, Kiefer fenced Italian Chiara Cini (ITA). Kiefer kept a cautious pace in the first period, but scored three of the last four touches for a 6-3 lead. Cini had a strong opening half of the second, cutting Kiefer’s lead to 11-10. Kiefer rebounded with a 4-1 run to guarantee a medal with a 15-11 victory.

The semifinals would mark a rematch between Kiefer and Inna Deriglazova (RUS) – the 2016 Olympic Champion who bested Kiefer, 15-14, in the semifinals of the Absolute Fencing Gear® FIE Grand Prix Anaheim last month.

Kiefer stayed within a touch of Deriglazova who led the bout, 8-7, midway through the first period, but the Russian picked up three straight scores and went on to close the period, 10-13. In the second, Deriglazova scored first, earning two touches to take the bout, 15-10.

Four-time Junior World team medalist Jackie Dubrovich (Riverdale, N.J.) earned her first top-16 result of the season with a 15th place finish in Germany.

Dubrovich went 5-1 on Friday and defeated Charlotte Krause (GER), 15-9, to make the second day.

On Saturday, Dubrovich’s table of 64 bout with Song Oh Chae went a full three periods, but Dubrovich controlled the bout from the start, leading Chae, 2-1, after the first period and 8-5 after the second. Although Chae tied the score at eight in the third, Dubrovich scored three straight to pull away in the final minute and closed the bout at 15-11 with eight seconds on the clock.

In the 32, Dubrovich fenced 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Ines Boubakri (TUN). With four straight touches to open the second period, Dubrovich took an 8-4 lead and ended the period at 13-8. In the third, Dubrovich outscored Boubakri, 2-1, to win the bout, 15-9.

Dubrovich’s table of 16 bout against Cini would run three periods again. This time, however, Dubrovich couldn’t catch the Italian who scored six touches in the final period to earn a 12-8 win.

London Olympian Nicole Ross (New York City, N.Y.) and 2013 World University Games Team member Madison Zeiss (Culver City, Calif.) each earned top-32 results.

Exempt from pools, Ross fenced 2015 Cadet World medalist Victoria Yusova (RUS) in the table of 32. With the score tied at two after the first, Ross dominated the second period, going on an 8-1 run to end the second period at 10-3 before closing the bout at 15-7.

In the table of 32, Ross controlled the opening minute of her bout against two-time Junior World medalist Fanny Kreiss (HUN) to take a 7-1 lead. By the end of the first period, Kreiss had cut Ross’ lead to 9-5. With Ross still ahead, 12-9, in the second period, Kreiss went on a five-touch run to take the score to 14-12. Ross scored the next two touches to tie the bout, but Kreiss scored the winning touch to take the bout, 15-14.

Zeiss advanced directly to the table of 64 with a 5-1 finish in pools.

Six-time Senior World medalist Aida Mohamed (HUN) led Zeiss, 5-2, after the first period in the table of 64, but Zeiss went on an 8-1 run to take a 10-6 lead in the second before ending the bout with a 15-10 win.

Zeiss dropped her next bout to 2013 Junior World Team Champion Martina Sinaglia (ITA), 15-5.

A member of the team that won silver at the 2017 Senior Worlds, Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.) earned a top-64 result. Following a 5-1 pool finish, Lu qualified for the second day after defeating Maria Marino (ESP), 15-5.

Lu drew Yuka Ueno (JPN), the reigning Junior and Cadet World Champion in the table of 64. Lu took an 8-4 lead in the first period, but Ueno scored three straight to cut Lu’s lead to 8-7. Ueno scored the next two periods to win the bout, 15-10.

Four-time Junior World medalist Iman Blow (Brooklyn, N.Y.) went 4-2 in pools and defeated Lydia Casillas (MEX) and Irem Karamete (TUR) by 15-10 and 15-13 margins in the preliminary rounds.

Blow made a comeback in her table of 64 bout, scoring three straight against three-time Junior World Champion Camilla Mancini (ITA) to tie the score at 14 before Mancini scored the winning touch to take the bout, 15-14.

On Sunday, Ross, Lu, Blow and two-time Olympian Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.) competed in the team event.

Blow and Lu both posted +8 indicators in the table of 16 match with Prescod anchoring the squad to a 45-28 victory.

In the quarter-finals, the Americans won or tied eight of the nine bouts to defeat Poland, 45-33, as Ross returned to the anchor position.

The reigning Senior World bronze medalists, Russia controlled much of the semifinals, building a 40-28 lead going into the anchor leg between Ross and Svetlana Tripapina (ITA). Ross outscored her opponent, 9-5, but couldn’t make up the gap with Team USA falling to Russia, 45-37.

Fencing for bronze, Prescod led the team in scoring with 20 touches, but France came away with the win at 45-36.

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

Tauberbischofsheim Women’s Individual Foil World Cup
1. Inna Deriglazova (RUS)
2. Hee Sook Jeon (KOR)
3. Leonie Ebert (GER)
3. Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.)
5. Ysaora Thibus (FRA)
6. Svetlana Tripapina (RUS)
7. Chiara Cini (ITA)
8. Elisa Vardaro (ITA)

15. Jackie Dubrovich (Riverdale, N.J.)
18. Nicole Ross (New York City, N.Y.)
24. Madison Zeiss (Culver City, Calif.)
42. Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.)
56. Iman Blow (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
70. Maia Weintraub (Philadelphia, Pa.)
80. Karina Wang (Lutherville Timonium, Md.)
111. Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
117. Ever Marinelli (San Francisco, Calif.)
129. Morgan Partridge (Swansea, Mass.)
140. Adi Nott (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Tauberbischofsheim Women’s Team Foil World Cup
1. Russia
2. Italy
3. France
4. USA
5. Poland
6. Japan
7. Germany
8. Hungary

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