Lee Kiefer has won bronze and team silver at the women’s foil World Cup event in Katowice, Poland. The team result confirmed the world number one ranking, while Russia’s Inna Deriglazova got back to winning ways after a disappointing world championship.
Two-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist Inna Deriglazova has defended her title from last year in Katowice, Poland, beating 19-year-old German Leonie Ebert in the final 13-9. Having survived a scare in the table of 32 against Italian Beatrice Monaco, who pushed Deriglazova 15-14, the Russian looked comfortable in reaching the final, defeating Italy’s number 5 ranked Arianna Errigo, 15-10 in the semifinal to reach the decider against her younger opponent.
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The reigning World Champions are now No. 1️⃣ in the world! From Algeria to Cuba to China to Poland … the U.S. Women’s Foil Team won four medals in the last 12 months, including World Championship and Zonal gold🥇. Congratulations to all of the fencers who represented Team USA in the last year, including World Champs @leetothekiefer, @nicoleross_usa, @nzinghap and @margaret_lu and World Cup medalists @jackiedubrovich and @imanblowusa. Thank you as always to Coach Buckie Leach (aka @whathebuuuck) for your leadership and guiding Team USA to new heights!
Ebert herself had beaten number three-ranked Kiefer, who was runner-up at this event to Deriglazova last year, 15-12 to advance to the final.
In the teams, USA couldn’t get past France in the final, going down 45-26, having earlier beaten Russia 45-43. France overcame Italy in the other semifinal 45-44 and Italy were then able to beat Russia 45-38.
Women’s Individual Results
1. Inna Deriglazova (RUS, gold)
2. Leonie Ebert (GER, silver)
3. Arianna Errigo (ITA, bronze)
3. Lee Kiefer (USA, bronze)
5. Pauline Ranvier (FRA)
6. Larisa Korobeynikova (RUS)
7. Anastasiia Ivanova (RUS)
8. Francesca Palumbo (ITA)
1. France (gold)
2. USA (silver)
3. Italy (bronze)