Seventeen years later, Kiefer has become one of the most talented up-and-coming foil fencers in the world. And, on Tuesday, she became the second U.S. woman in history to win an individual medal in foil – just six months after winning silver medals in individual and team events at the Junior Worlds and a silver at the Cadet Worlds.
Twelve years after Iris Zimmermann (Rochester, N.Y.) won bronze at the 1999 World Championships following a semifinal loss to Vezzali as an 18-year-old, Kiefer found herself on the semifinal strip competing against the most decorated athlete in fencing history.
Ranked #13 in the world, Kiefer is a three-time Junior World medalist who is competing this week at her third Senior Worlds after finishing 27th in 2010.
(Catania, Italy) – Seventeen-year-old Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) advanced to the medal rounds at the Senior World Championships this afternoon and tonight she will become the first U.S. woman to win a World or Olympic medal in women’s individual foil since 1999.
Competing for the third time at the event, the three-time Junior World medalist has never advanced past the table of 32 at the Senior World Championships or the table of 16 at a senior World.
Tied at seven in the second period against Martyna Synoradzka (POL) in the quarter-finals, Kiefer found herself trailing by the middle of the third period as Synoradzka took the lead, 11-7. Kiefer came back to tie the bout, 12-12 in the first minute of the final period before taking the win, 15-12.
Earlier in the day, Kiefer won her table of 64 bout against U.S. teammate Doris Willette (Lafayette, Calif.), 15-10. Kiefer advanced to the table of 32 where she defeated Anja Schache (GER), 15-8, and won her bout in the table of 16 against Jinyan Chen (CHN), 15-10.
Nicole Ross (New York City, N.Y.) also advanced to the table of 16, but lost her bout to Ilaria Salvatori (ITA), 15-7, and finished 14th.
Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.) placed 19th and Willette finished the day in 53rd place.
story & photo courtesy of usfencing.org posted by Nicole Jomantas October 11, 2011