USA’s Kiefer, Itkin Win Washington D.C. Women’s and Men’s Absolute Fencing Foil Grand Prix

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, March 15-17, 2024 – USA’s Olympic champion Lee Kiefer and Nick Itkin won gold medals at the 2024 Washington D.C. Women’s and Men’s Absolute Fencing Grand Prix. The event took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with 170 women and 231 men participating in the competition.

Kiefer faced Italy’s two-time world champion Arianna Errigo in the final bout of women’s individual foil, winning with a 15-4 score. In the semifinal round, Errigo won against USA’s Lauren Scruggs, 15-5, while Kiefer defeated Germany’s Anne Sauer, 15-6.

Itkin faced France’s two-time world champion Enzo Lefort in the final bout of men’s individual foil, winning with a 15-12 score. In the semifinal round, Lefort won against Japan’s Kyosuke Matsuyama, 15-8, while Itkin defeated Italy’s Filippo Macchi, 15-6. Of note, in the round of 16 Itkin beat Italy’s Olympic champion Daniele Garozzo, 15-9, and in the round of 32 Italy’s Guillaume Bianchi defeated Hong Kong, China’s Olympic champion Ka Long Cheung, 15-13, before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Macchi, 15-11.

Final ranking in women’s individual foil included Lee Kiefer (USA, gold), Arianna Errigo (ITA, silver), Lauren Scruggs (USA, bronze), Anne Sauer (GER, bronze), Martina Favaretto (ITA), Martina Batini (ITA), Julia Walczyk-Klimaszyk (POL) and Eva Lacheray (FRA).

Final rankings in men’s individual foil included Nick Itkin (USA, gold), Enzo Lefort (FRA, silver), Filippo Macchi (ITA, bronze), Kyosuke Matsuyama (JPN, bronze), Guillaume Bianchi (ITA), Stef De Greef (BEL), Kazuki Iimura (JPN) and Andew Chen (USA).

Complete and official results for this 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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