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U.S. Épée Fencers Earn Top Eights at Youth Olympics

10/09/2018, 4:00pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Emily Vermeule (left) placed fifth at the Youth Olympic Games. Photo Credit: Augusto Bizzi / FIE.

Isaac Herbst. Photo Credit: Augusto Bizzi / FIE.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Both of Team USA’s épéeists placed in the top eight on the second day of Youth Olympic competition in Buenos Aries, Argentina.

Seventeen-year-old Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.) and 16-year-old Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas) placed fifth and eighth in the women’s and men’s events, respectively, on MOnday.

A silver medalist at the 2018 Cadet World Championships, Vermeule finished the pool rounds with a 5-1 record and earned a bye into the quarter-finals.

Kaylin Sin Yan Hsieh (HKG) led the bout at 6-2 in the first, but Vermeule fought back to put the bout within one touch before Hsieh doubled to close with a 15-14 win. Hsieh went on to win silver and Vermeule finished fifth.

Herbst, a top-eight finisher at the 2018 Cadet Worlds, finished 1-3 in the pool rounds and drew Canadian Seraphim Hsieh Jarov. Although Jarov finished the first period with a 7-6 lead, Herbst scored five straight to end the second at 12-10 and held the lead to finish the bout with a  15-13 win.

In the quarter-finals, Herbst came back from a four-touch deficit in the third to tie Paul Veltrup (GER) at 12 and force an overtime period. Veltrup scored first, however, and took the bout, 13-12.

View complete results.

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

Women’s Épée Youth Olympic Games
1. Kateryna Chorniy (UKR)
2. Kaylin Sin Yan Hsieh (HKG)
3. Veronika Bieleszova (CZE)
4. Axelle Wasiak (BEL)
5. Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.)
6. Ariane Leonard (CAN)
7. Kinga Dekany (HUN)
8. Taehee Lim (KOR)

Men’s Épée Youth Olympic Games
1. Davide di Veroli (ITA)
2. Paul Veltrup (GER)
3. Khasan Baudunov (KGZ)
4. Mohamed Elsayed (EGY)
5. Alexander Biro (AUT)
6. Seiya Asami (JPN)
7. Artur Tolasov (RUS)
8. Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas)


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