Olympics: Fencing

Germans beat U.S. for bronze in team foil

Germany handily defeated the U.S. men’s foil team, 45-27, for the bronze medal Sunday at ExCeL South.

The match was nearly a repeat of the Americans’ semifinal loss to Italy, in which they won just one of nine bouts. Against Germany, the Americans won two – Gerek Meinhardt defeated Peter Joppich, 6-5, in the fifth match, and Alexander Massialas won the sixth match, 7-5, against Benjamin Kleibrink.

The U.S. team of Massialas, Miles Chamley-Watson, Race Imboden  and Meinhardt finished fourth on the final day of fencing at these Games.

Italy foils U.S. team’s gold medal hopes

Alexander Massialas, left, and the U.S. men's foil team will play for the bronze after losing to Italy (Alberto Pizzolia -- AFP/Getty Images)

Italy jumped to an early lead and never relinquished it, thoroughly defeating the U.S. men’s foil team in a semifinal match, 45-24, and advancing to the final Sunday at ExCeL South.

The U.S. team – Alexander Massialas, Miles Chamley-Watson, Race Imboden  and Gerek Meinhardt – will face the loser of the match between Germany and Japan for the bronze medal.

Italy took the lead in the first of nine bouts, 5-4, and failed to win just one, when Imboden tied Andrea Baldini, 5-5.

Italy won team gold in this event in Athens in 2004.

U.S. foil team to semifinals

France's Victor Sintes, left, battles Race Imboden of the United States in the men's foil quarterfinals. (Alberto Pizzoli -- AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. men’s foil team advanced to the semifinals Sunday with a 45-40 victory over France on the final day of fencing at ExCeL South.

The French had built a 20-13 lead after four match, but in the fifth, Alexander Massialas outscored Victor Sintes, 7-5, and in the seventh match, Gerek Meinhardt took a stunning 11-1 victory, again over Sintes, to give the Americans a 35-31 lead.

In the eighth, Race Imboden built on that lead with a 5-1 win over Enzo Lefort. The U.S. lead was 40-32.

In the final match, Massialas faced. Erwan Le Pechoux. Both had 12 touches in their previous two matches, but although Le Pechoux outscored Massialas, 7-5, it wasn’t enough.

In men’s fencing, each team has four competitors to use in nine bouts. The fourth member of the U.S. team is Miles Chamley-Watson.

The United States will play Italy, which won its quarterfinal over Britain. In the other quarterfinals, Japan defeated China and will meet the winner of the Germany-Russia quarterfinal. The quarterfinal losers will compete in placement matches.

U.S. women’s epee team wins bronze by one touch

Courtney Hurley (right) squares off against Russia's Lyubov Shutova in the bronze medal match in women's team epee. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

The U.S. women’s epee team won the bronze medal Saturday at ExCeL South with a 31-30 victory over Russia.

In team competition, each of three fencers faces each of her opponent’s fencers, for a total of nine bouts.

Russia had built a 15-11 lead when Kelley Hurley met Anna Sivkova in the fifth match. Hurley outscored Sivkova, 4-1, to cut the gap to 1.

Entering the eighth match, between Maya Lawrence and Lyubov Shutova, the score was tied at 23. Lawrence outscored Shutova, 4-2, to give the United States a 27-25 lead. In the final match, Sivkova outscored Kelley’s sister, Courtney Hurley, 5-4, but it wasn’t enough to take the match from the Americans.

U.S. epee team loses semifinal, will fight for bronze

The U.S. women’s epee team lost its semifinal match to Korea, 45-36, and will play for the bronze medal against Russia (3 p.m. ET).

The Americans — Susie Scanlan, Courtney Hurley and Maya Lawrence – had beaten Italy in the quarterfinals.

Korea will face China for the gold medal.

In the team competition, each of three fencers faces her three opponents and the scores accumulate.

U.S. women’s epee team reaches semis

The U.S. women’s epee team defeated Italy, 45-35, in the quarterfinals Saturdayat ExCeL South.

Susie Scanlan, Courtney Hurley and Maya Lawrence advance to the semifinals, where they will face Korea, 45-38 winners over Romania. That match will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET.

In the team competition, each of three fencers faces her three opponents and the scores accumulate.