Cassara Wins Venice Mens Foil GP – Meinhardt Silver

Gerek Meinhardt (left) topped the US results with silver. (Photo Augusto Bizzi)

Gerek Meinhardt (left) topped the US results with silver. (Photo Augusto Bizzi)

Andrea Cassara (ITA) held onto his top world ranking in men’s foil with a 15-8 victory in Venice over US fencer Gerek Meinhardt. The two fencers topped a field of 126 entries in the Grand Prix event which continued the story line of Italy’s hold in foil and the US team’s emergence as a top power.

Italy remains strong in men’s foil, boasting 3 fencers in the top-8 of the FIE standings. (Andrea Cassara – 1st, Andrea Baldini – 3rd, Valerio Aspromonte – 7th).

The US now has 3 fencers in the top-16: Alex Massialas (5th), Race Imboden (11th), and Meinhardt (12th). Miles Chamley-Watson sits at 17th.

Gerek Meinhardt has made 3 straight top-8 finishes pushing him up to 12th in the FIE world rankings.

The US fencers all ended up in the top half of the elimination bracket, setting up a top-8 match between Meinhardt and Miles Chamley-Watson. Meinhardt took the match 15-13 and moved on to the semi-finals against Peter Joppich (GER). Meinhardt advanced to the finals with a decisive 15-10 victory over the multi-time world champion to set up a final match with Cassara.

On the other side of the 8, Cassara defeated Artem Sedov (RUS) 15-5 then faced off against teammate Andrea Baldini (ITA). Cassara emerged victorious 15-13 to advance and meet Meinhardt.

Full results are available on the official site: Results

2013 Coppa Citta di Venezia Mens Foil Grand Prix

2013 Coppa Citta di Venezia Mens Foil Grand Prix

Top-8 Results: 2013 Coppa citta di Venezia – Men’s Foil GP

RankPtsNameNationality
148CASSARA AndreaITA
239MEINHARDT GerekUSA
330JOPPICH PeterGER
330BALDINI AndreaITA
521DAVIS James-AndrewGBR
621LI HuaCHN
721SEDOV ArtemRUS
821CHAMLEY-WATSON MilesUSA
176MASSIALAS AlexanderUSA
343IMBODEN RaceUSA
493DUDEY MichaelUSA
583CHANG JerryUSA
810WOO MichaelUSA
900WILLETTE DavidUSA
Andrea Cassara - victorious. (Photo: Augusto Bizzi)

Andrea Cassara – victorious. (Photo: Augusto Bizzi)

FIE World Rankings: Men’s Foil (March 17, 2013)

RankPtsNameNationality
1183 CASSARA Andrea ITA
2175 LEI Sheng CHN
3168 BALDINI Andrea ITA
4153 MA Jianfei CHN
5146 MASSIALAS Alexander USA
6142 ABOUELKASSEM Alaaeldin EGY
7137 ASPROMONTE Valerio ITA
8133 CHOI Byungchul KOR
9132 CHEREMISINOV Alexey RUS
10130 DAVIS James-Andrew GBR
11124 IMBODEN Race USA
12118 MEINHARDT Gerek USA
13109 AKHMATKHUZIN Artur RUS
14106 JOPPICH Peter GER
15105 KRUSE Richard GBR
16102 AVOLA Giorgio ITA

 

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