Massialas World Champion – Imboden Brings Home Bronze

Cadet Men's Foil - US Medalists S.Timacheff/FencingPhotos.com
Greg Massialas, Alex Massialas, Race Imboden, Mauro Hamza celebrate Gold and Bronze in Cadet Men’s Foil. S.Timacheff/FencingPhotos.com

Alex Massialas won the 2010 Cadet World Championship in Men’s Foil He and Race Imboden led US efforts on Easter Sunday in Baku. Massialas upgraded from his 2009 bronze to gold by defeating 2009 silver medalist Edoardo Luperi (ITA) 15-13 in the finals. Imboden added a bronze to the US medal tally. He lost to Luperi 15-12 in his semi-final match. Brian Kaneshige finished 44th.

Alina Komashuk (UKR) won an all-Ukraine final, defeating Maryna Semenko (UKR) 15-5 in Cadet Women’s Sabre. Skyla Powers led the US women’s sabre fencers with a 14th place finish. Celina Merza finished 18th and Sarah Pak 48th.



Cadet Men’s Foil:

Alex Massialas - Victorious - S.Timacheff/FencingPhotos.comMassialas (left) showed from the start that he was ready to compete today, crushing all comers in the preliminaries where he racked up 6 victories while only being scored on 4 times. Massialas continued his dominance in the elimination rounds where no fencer reached double-digits against him until the quarter-finals where he defeated Alexander Tsoronis (DEN) 15-11. In the semi-finals Massialas won 15-14 over Kirill Lichagin (RUS).

In that match Massialas was behind 10-8 at the end of the first period. He was very patient in the second period which saw him tie the score at 10 all. In the 3rd period Massialas took over, trading touches at the start to knot things back up at 11 and then going on a 4-0 run to close out the bout.

Race Imboden faced a smaller preliminary pool and dropped one bout 5-2 to put him at 19th heading into the elimination rounds. Imboden responded well to his DE matches, steamrolling through his first two bouts with 15-0 and 15-1 victories. He faced a bump in the road against Kwang-Hyun Lee (KOR) but emerged victorious 15-12. He then crushed Hungary’s Antal Gyorgyi 15-2 to get to the medal rounds.

Rounding out the US foil effort, Brian Kaneshige finished 44th. He went 3-2 in the preliminary rounds and then lost a 15-12 match to Maxime Pauty (FRA)

Cadet Women’s Sabre:

{sidebar id=1}In the women’s sabre event Skyla Powers (USA) led the US effort with a 14th place finish. She went 4-2 in pools and won her first elimination match 15-14 over Kata Varhelyi (HUN) and then fell in the top-16 to Yana Egorian (RUS).

Celina Merza (USA) looked primed to go deep into the tournament after she went 5-1 in the pools. After a first round bye, she matched up against Russia’s Dar’ya Antonova. Merza led the match at the break 8-4 and continued into the 2nd period by trading touches until she had Antonova on the ropes leading 14-9. Antonova then figured Merza out, however, and went on a 6-0 run to win 15-14. Merza finished 18th.

Sarah Pak finished 48th. She failed to make the elimination phase after a 1-4 performance in the pools. Earlier in the season Pak had finished 3rd at the cadet event in Konin, Poland.

Cadet Women’s Sabre: Final Placement

place country name
1UKR UKR KOMASHUK Alina
2UKR UKR SEMENKO Maryna
3KOR KOR SEO Ji Yeon
3HUN HUN MARTON Anna
5RUS RUS EGORIAN Yana
6POL POL WATOR Angelika
7GER GER MUSCH Anja
8RUS RUS ANTONOVA Dar´Ya
9GER GER KINDLER Ann-Sophie
10KOR KOR YOON Jisu
11FRA FRA BOUDAD Kenza
12ISL ISL GARDARSDOTTIR Gunnhildur
13ITA ITA CIARDULLO Vittoria
14USA USA POWERS Skyla
15HUN HUN KATONA Renata
16ITA ITA CRISCIO Martina
17CHN CHN WAN Yini
18USA USA MERZA Celina
19FRA FRA TAHARO Mathilda
20POL POL WALCZAK Karolina
21UKR UKR ERMOLOVICH Anastasiya
22HUN HUN VARHELYI Kata
23EGY EGY YASSER Mena Allah
24POL POL TUREK Malgorzata
25IND IND BHIVANI DEVI C.a.
26RUS RUS RIDEL Maria
27BEL BEL COOREMAN Hanne
28ITA ITA FONDI Camilla
29AZE AZE GULIYEVA Dilara
30MDA MDA JELACHI Aliona
31NED NED HENSEN Kayli
32VEN VEN CARRENO Maria
33MEX MEX ECHEVERRIA Alekxsandra
34KOR KOR YANG Heewon
35TUR TUR SARBAN Ilgin
36GBR GBR MAIDWELL-SMITH Alice
37VEN VEN RODRIGUEZ Shia
38KAZ KAZ PRIKHODKO Tatyana
39CZE CZE DASKOVA Eliska
40TPE TPE PANG Hui Yi
41GBR GBR CARSON Victoria
42GEO GEO KAKHIANI Teodora
43JPN JPN KIMURA Marino
44TPE TPE LIN Yi Chun
eliminated in round 1
45JPN JPN YASUTOMI Yui
46MEX MEX PAOLA Pliego
47AZE AZE PROKHOROVA Yekaterina
48USA USA PAK Sarah
49GBR GBR RIDGEON Verity
50CHN CHN WANG Liping
51CUB CUB ZAYAS NUEVA Irelis
52JPN JPN AOCHI Ayami
53FRA FRA BONNEL Manon
54KAZ KAZ BAKHYTBEK Zhanerke
55AZE AZE KARIMOVA Arzu
56INA INA SAPITRI Ima
56THA THA SAWEDTHAPHON Phamuka
58KAZ KAZ KHABIBULLINA Aibike

Cadet Men’s Foil: Final Placement

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