Japan’s Matsuyama, Team USA Win Bonn Men’s Foil World Cup

BONN, Germany, Nov. 11-13—Japan’s Kyosuke Matsuyama won the individual gold medal at the Bonn Men’s Foil World Cup, and USA won the team gold. The event took place at the Bonn Hardtberghalle, with 251 individual fencers and 29 teams participating in the competition.

Matsuyama faced Italian world champion Alessio Foconi in the final match of the individual event, winning with a 15-11 score. In the semifinal round, Foconi won against Great Britain’s Marcus Mepstead, 15-8, while Matsuyama beat France’s two-time world champion, Enzo Lefort, 15-12. Of note, Foconi defeated teammate and two-time world champion Daniele Garozzo in the quarterfinals, 15-13, and Lefort beat USA world champion Miles Chamley-Watson, 15-12.

In the men’s team foil event, USA won against Italy in the final match, 45-40. Italy defeated Japan in the semifinals, 45-38, while USA beat France, 45-20. The bronze medal went to France over Japan, 45-43.

Final rankings in individual men’s foil included Kyosuke Matsuyama (JPN, gold), Alessio Foconi (ITA, silver), Enzo Lefort (FRA, bronze), Marcus Mepstead (GBR, bronze), Daniele Garozzo (TIA), Mohamed Hamza (EGY), Miles Chamley-Watson (USA) and Alexandre Ediri (FRA).

Final rankings in men’s team foil included USA (gold), Italy (silver), France (bronze), Japan, Egypt, Hong Kong-China, China, and Germany.

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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