FENCING: Lee Kiefer Makes History with Senior World Championships Bronze Medal Win

FENCING: Lee Kiefer Makes History with Senior World Championships Bronze Medal Win

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.

Kiefer will fence three-time reigning Olympic Champion Valentina Vezzali (ITA) in front of Vezzali’s home crowd at noon Eastern Time. The bout will be streamed live at www.fie.org.

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

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