Sochi Junior World Cup bronze medalist Kamar Skeete with Coach Terrence Lasker. Photo Credit: Terrence Lasker.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Kamar Skeete (Duluth, Ga.) won his first individual Junior World Cup medal on Saturday, placing third in Sochi, Russia.
Skeete was one of three U.S. fencers to advance to the top eight in the men’s event with teammates Christopher Walker and Alessandro Contreras (Silver Spring, Md.) placing seventh and eighth, respectively.
In the women’s event, Honor Johnson (Bethesda, Md.) and Tori Johnson (Peachtree City, Ga.) also advanced to the top eight, placing fifth and sixth.
A team bronze medalist at the 2018 Junior Worlds, Skeete’s journey to his first individual medal on the junior circuit nearly ended in the table of 64 when he narrowly escaped the round with a 15-14 win over Maksim Pinchuk (BLR).
Skeete won his next two bouts by solid margins, defeating James Edwards (GBR), 15-10, and Changsung Lee (KOR), 15-5.
In the table of eight, Skeete took on his Nellya Fencers teammate, Walker. Skeete outscored the 2017 Cadet World silver medalist, 8-3, in the first period, but Walker scored six unanswered touches to pull ahead at 11-10 in the second. Walker built on his momentum, taking a 14-12 lead, but Skeete remained undeterred and finished the bout with three straight and a 15-14 win.
Fencing at his first ever Junior World Cup on European soil, Contreras won four direct elimination bouts to advance to the eight where Eliott Bibi (FRA) built an 8-2 lead and couldn’t be overcome as he finished the bout, 15-7.
Skeete fenced Bibi in the semifinals, who led 8-6 at the break before Skeete went on a 4-1 run to take a 10-9 lead. With the score tied at 13, however, it was Bibi who would take the last two touches to finish the bout at 15-13 and go on to win gold.
Team USA now has three U.S. fencers ranked in the top 10 in the Junior World Rankings with Walker in eighth and Skeete in ninth. Mitchell Saron, who finished 15th, holds the No. 7 world ranking.
Saron, who fenced on the bronze medal winning squad with Skeete at the Junior Worlds, is No. 1 in Junior National Rolling Point Standings. Erwin Cai (Marietta, Ga.), a member of the 2018 Junior World Team who did not compete in Sochi, holds the No. 2 position with Skeete and Walker in third and fourth. Contreras moved up to No. 7 in the standings with potential to qualify for his first Junior World Team when the squad is named in February.
In the team event on Sunday, Skeete, Walker, Saron and 2018 Cadet World silver medalist Robert Vidovszky (Folsom, Calif.) finished sixth.
The squad defeated Spain, 45-32, in the table of 16, but lost to Hungary, 45-33, in the quarter-finals. The Americans won their next match against Great Britain, 45-31, before falling to Italy, 45-39, in the match for fifth.
In the women’s event, 2018 Cadet World Team member Honor Johnson advanced to the top eight at her first ever Junior World Cup following a win in the 16 over teammate Daniella Timofeyev (Antelope, Calif.) in which Johnson went on a 7-2 run in the second period to end the bout with a 15-7 victory.
Johnson dominated the first half of her quarter-final bout against 2018 Cadet World medalist Alina Kliuchnikova, taking an 8-1 lead, but the Russian fought back in the second to steal the bout at 15-14.
Tori Johnson, a member of the squad that won bronze at the 2018 Junior Worlds, also took on a U.S. teammate in the table of 16. Although Sydney Hirsch (Woodbridge, Conn.) led the bout, 8-3, at the break, Johnson kept fighting in the second, going on a 7-1 run to regain the lead at 10-9. Johnson outscored Hirsch, 5-3, to earn a 15-12 win.
In the quarter-finals, Anastasiya Shorokhova (RUS) led Johnson, 8-5, after the first period. Johnson tied the score at 11 and came within a touch of a medal before Shorokhova earned the winning touch, 15-14.
Tori Johnson’s top-eight result buffers her position as the No. 1 fencer in the Junior National Rolling Point Standings. Honor Johnson moved up to No. 12 in the junior rankings and No. 1 in the cadet standings.
Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Sochi Men’s Individual Saber Junior World Cup
1. Eliott Bibi (FRA)
2. George Dragomir (ROU)
3. Lorenzo Roma (ITA)
3. Kamar Skeete (Duluth, Ga.)
5. Maxime (FRA)
6. Injun Hwang (KOR)
7. Christopher Walker (Atlanta, Ga.)
8. Alessandro Contreras (Silver Spring, Md.)
15. Mitchell Saron (Ridgewood, N.J.)
25. Filip Dolegiewicz (Park Ridge, Ill.)
33. Robert Vidovszky (Folsom, Calif.)
39. Daniel Solomon (Lexington, Mass.)
47. Luke Linder (Chandler, Ariz.)
49. Raymond Zhao (Johns Creek, Ga.)
50. Ethan Mullennix (San Francisco, Calif.)
55. Ben Stone (New York City, N.Y.)
80. Nicholas No (Carmichael, Calif.)
Sochi Women’s Individual Saber Junior World Cup
1. Yoana Ilieva (BUL)
2. Anastasiya Shorokhova (RUS)
3. Alina Kliuchnikova (RUS)
3. Sebeen Choi (KOR)
5. Honor Johnson (Bethesda, Md.)
6. Tori Johnson (Peachtree City, Ga.)
7. Eunsun Kim (KOR)
8. Anastasiya Elkina (RUS)
10. Alexis Anglade (Alpharetta, Ga.)
11. Daniella Timofeyev (Antelope, Calif.)
12. Elizabeth Tartakovsky (Livingston, N.J.)
16. Sydney Hirsch (Woodbridge, Conn.)
19. Chloe Gouhin (Blacklick, Ohio)
20. Kara Linder (Chandler, Ariz.)
21. Nora Burke (New York City, N.Y.)
22. Ryan Jenkins (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
23. Chloe Fox-Gitomer (Portland, Ore.)
45. Morgan Jenkins (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Sochi Men’s Team Saber Junior World Cup
8. Great Britain
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