Lee Kiefer (left) defeated Marta Martyanova (RUS) in the women's foil final at the Absolute Fencing Gear FIE Grand Prix Long Beach. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE.
Alexander Massialas won silver in Long Beach. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA had one of its most successful events on U.S. soil last month when the international circuit came to California for the Absolute Fencing Gear® FIE Grand Prix Long Beach.
Fencing fans will have the opportunity to watch the one-hour highlight show on NBC Universal HD when the package airs on Wednesday, April 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern. (Check local listings for times and availability in your area).
With the best foil fencers in the world in attendance, Team USA’s Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) and two-time Olympic medalist Alex Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) both advanced to the Grand Prix finals for the second event in a row. The two-time Olympians were among nearly 300 athletes who competed over the course of two days at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center – the host venue for the 1984 Olympic Games.
Kiefer not only claimed gold, but would use the event as her springboard to a No. 1 world ranking with an upset of 2016 Olympic Champion Inna Deriglazova (RUS) while men’s World No. 1 Massialas defeated 2016 Olympic Champion Daniele Garozzo (ITA) en route to a silver medal finish in Long Beach.
The men’s medal rounds featured all of the top four ranked fencers in the world, including Massialas and Garozzo as well as Rio Olympic bronze medalist Timur Safin (RUS) and 2012 Olympic Team Champion Giorgio Avola (ITA).
The women’s finals saw Kiefer and Deriglazova in action against a lineup that included 2012 Olympic silver medalist Arianna Errigo (ITA) and junior star Marta Martyanova (RUS).
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