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Youth Fencers Win Triple Gold in El Salvador

08/29/2018, 1:00pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Pre-Cadet women's epee gold medalist Olivia Daniels and Youth B men's saber champion Gabriel McCarthy. Photo Credit: Brandon Dyett.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA’s youth fencers won three gold medals on Saturday at the Pan Am Youth and Veteran Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador.

In the Pre-Cadet (12-13) men’s saber competition, 13-year-old Gian Dhingra (Laguna Hills, Calif.) fenced two-time Pan Am Youth Champion Carter Berrio (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) in the gold medal final, defeating the 11 year old, 10-9.

Eleven-year-olds Gabriel McCarthy (New York City, N.Y.) and Jackson Richards (Albuquerque, N.M.) won gold and silver in the Youth B (11-12) men’s saber event as McCarthy defeated Richards, 10-9, in the finals.

Richards returned to the podium in the Youth B men’s foil event where he won silver.

Competing as the only U.S. fencer in the Pre-Cadet women’s epee event, 13-year-old Olivia Daniel (Sierra Madre, Calif.) earned her first international gold medal with her title in San Salvador.

A bronze medalist in the Pre-Veteran (40-49) men’s foil competition, 53-year-old Thomas Mahnken (Springfield, Va.) earned his second podium finish fencing in the younger age category when he took bronze in the Pre-Veteran (40-49) epee event.

Gladys Berardi (Long Valley, N.J.) won her fifth medal of the Pan Ams, taking bronze in the Pre-Veteran women's saber competition, fencing from age 63 down to the 40-49 age category. 

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