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Lee Kiefer and Alexander Massialas Win Gold, Silver at 2017 Absolute Fencing Gear Long Beach Foil Grand Prix

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Lee Kiefer and Alexander Massialas close out the 2017 Absolute Fencing Gear Long Beach Foil Grand Prix with Gold and Silver medals, respectively. This result puts Lee Kiefer as the #1 Women’s Foilist in the world, the first US Women’s Foilist to ever achieve the top spot. And Alexander Massialas, who was already the #1 Men’s Foilist in the world, retains his title.

Combined, US Fencing has the #1 spot for both Men’s and Women’s Foil for the first time in its history. The US Foil fencing program in general is quite strong and deep, with top 8 showings from Nicole Ross and Margaret Lu on the Women’s side, and Miles Chamley-Watson on the Men’s side, as well as top 16 showings from Jacqueline Dubrovich and Race Imboden.

Interestingly, the medal stand was restricted to only 3 countries – Russia (3), USA (2), and Italy (3). With the exception of the surprisingly strong result from Marta Martyanova, who came into the event #118 in the world, the medalists consisted of fencers already in the top 4 FIE foil rankings and Olympic medalists. This demonstrates a strong amount of consistency from the world’s best foil fencers right now.

The 2017 Absolute Fencing Gear Long Beach Foil Grand Prix was held at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California over from March 17th to 18th. The next Grand Prix in the series will be an Epee-only event held in Budapest, Hungary this upcoming weekend, March 24-26.

Below are the top 8 from both events and highlighted results featuring US Fencing competitors. Full FencingTime results can be found here.

Women’s Foil Results

1 KIEFER Lee USA
2 MARTYANOVA Marta RUS
3 DERIGLAZOVA Inna RUS
3 ERRIGO Arianna ITA
5 ROSS Nicole USA
6 VOLPI Alice ITA
7 LU Margaret USA
8 PALUMBO Francesca ITA

13 DUBROVICH Jacqueline USA
26 MASSIALAS Sabrina USA
47 BINDER Sylvie USA
48 MINARIK Natalie USA
51 ZEISS Madison USA
62 DEVORE Delphine USA
70 PRESCOD Nzingha USA
72 BLOW Iman USA
74 NOTT Adrienne USA
75 KLEINER Elyssa USA
77 TIEU May USA
84 PARTRIDGE Morgan USA
92 DESCHNER Stefani USA
94 ZUZULO Isabella USA
103 ZHANG Rachel USA
106 CRUM Quinn USA
110 TAFFEL Sara USA
124 MARTOS Sara Ann USA
127 LEE Morgan USA
Full Women’s Foil Results at FIE.org

Men’s Foil Results

1 SAFIN Timur RUS
2 MASSIALAS Alexander USA
3 AVOLA Giorgio ITA
3 GAROZZO Daniele ITA
5 KRUSE Richard GBR
6 LE PECHOUX Erwan FRA
7 CHAMLEY-WATSON Miles USA
8 HA Taegyu KOR

10 IMBODEN Race USA
34 MEINHARDT Gerek USA
36 MOELIS Samuel USA
42 ITKIN Nick USA
46 TOURETTE Geoffrey USA
67 KANESHIGE Brian USA
72 MATHIEU Adam USA
74 BRAVO Kenji USA
79 MITBERG Gregory USA
80 ZHENG Andrew USA
87 SHIN Philip USA
89 CHANG Jerry USA
98 JEON Nathan USA
99 KUMBLA Sidarth USA
101 RANADIVE Rishi USA
104 MANNAN Zohaib USA
105 ORTS Lucas USA
106 DANIEL Ashton USA
111 RHEINGANS-YOO Duncan USA
121 CHANG Jason USA
123 CHU Aidan USA
125 MARINO Joseph USA
133 DUDEY Thomas USA
137 WU Jerry USA
Full Men’s Foil Results at FIE.org

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