Japan’s Matsuyama Kyosuke and the United States’ team won respective gold medals in Germany this weekend for the men’s foil events.
BONN, Germany, Nov. 11-13 – Matsuyama Kyosuke won his first World Cup gold this weekend with a win over Italy’s Alessio Foconi, 15-11, in the final. In the semifinals, Foconi came off a run-stopping victory over Britain’s Marcus Mepstead, 15-8, while Matsuyama upset the world number 4, France’s Enzo Lefort, 15-12.
The individual event featured a number of upsets with many of the top 16 seeds falling early, including world number 1, Italy’s Tommaso Marini (17), world number 2, Hong Kong’s Cheung Ka Long (33), Japan’s Shikine Takahiro (34), Spain’s Carlos Llavador (18), Italy’s Giorgio Avola (35), and USA’s Alexander Massialas (36).
In the team event, Team USA scored a victory over Italy, 45-40, for the gold. In the semifinals, the USA crushed France, 45-20, while Italy defeated Japan, 45-38. To cap off the final four, France won out over Japan, 45-43, to earn bronze.
In addition to the gold in the team event, the USA had a promising individual event with Miles Chamley-Watson (7) and Nick Itkin (10) securing spots in the top 16.
- Matsuyama Kyosuke (JPN, gold)
- Alessio Foconi (ITA, silver)
- Enzo Lefort (FRA, bronze)
- Marcus Mepstead (GBR, bronze)
- Daniele Garozzo (ITA)
- Mohamed Hamza (EGY)
- Miles Chamley-Watson (USA)
- Alexandre Ediri (FRA)
- USA (gold)
- Italy (silver)
- France (bronze)
- Hong Kong
Full results can be found on the FIE Competition pages (1, 2) or here.