Italy’s Marini, USA’s Kiefer Win Incheon Foil Grand Prix

INCHEON, Korea, May 13-15, 2022—Italy’s Tommaso Marini and USA’s Olympic champion Lee Kiefer won the gold medals at the 2022 SK Telecom Incheon Foil Grand Prix. The event took place at the Incheon Namdong Gym, with 119 men and 110 women participating.

Marini faced Hong Kong, China’s Chun Yin Ryan Choi in the final match of individual men’s foil, winning the gold medal by a single touch, 15-14. In the semifinal round, Choi won against Italian world champion Alessio Foconi, 15-14, while Marini defeated France’s Maximilien Chastanet, 15-13. Of note, France’s Rafael Savin beat USA world champion Miles Chamley-Watson in the round of 16, 15-13, before being defeated by Choi in the quarterfinals, 15-14. Choi also defeated French world champion Enzo Lefort in the round of 16, 15-9.

Kiefer faced Canada’s Eleanor Harvey in the final match of individual women’s foil, winning the gold medal with a 15-11 score. In the semifinal round, Harvey won against Italy’s world champion Alice Volpi, 15-13, while Kiefer defeated Germany’s Anne Sauer, 15-5. Of note, Italy’s Francesca Palumbo beat teammate and two-time world champion Arianna Errigo in the round of 16, 15-14, before being defeated by Harvey in the quarterfinals, 13-7.

Final rankings in men’s foil included Tommaso Marini (ITA, gold), Chun Yin Ryan Choi (HKG, silver), Maximilien Chastanet (FRA, bronze), Alessio Foconi (ITA, bronze), Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (EGY), Rafael Savin (FRA), Carlos Llavador (ESP) and Marcus Mepstead (GBR).

Final rankings in women’s foil included Lee Kiefer (USA, gold), Eleanor Harvey (CAN, silver), Anne Sauer (GER, bronze), Alice Volpi (ITA, bronze), Ysaora Thibus (FRA), Jessica Zi Jia Guo (CAN), Francesca Palumbo (ITA) and Jacqueline Dubrovich (USA).

Complete and official results for the event may be found here on the FIE web site. For more exciting world fencing news and features, check out the YouTube FIE Fencing Channel.

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