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Lexington's Lee Kiefer, U. S. fencing team fall to South Korea, finish sixth in team foil

Lee Kiefer. (Photo from Team USA)

Staff report


Paul Laurence Dunbar High School alum Lee Kiefer and her Olympic teammates attempt at a medal in the women’s team foil quarterfinals ended while most of her Lexington friends were still sleeping Thursday.


In a match that started at 5:30 a.m. EST, Kiefer and her U. S. teammates fell 45-31 to South Korea in the quarterfinal round of the women’s team foil fencing competition. The team then earned a 44-22 win versus Japan in the placement rounds before falling 45-39 to Poland in the fifth-place match.


The No. 6-seeded U. S. team did not win any of the nine bouts against No. 3-seeded Korea. Kiefer fell 9-4 to Gil Ok Jung, who she had defeated in the individual competition, in her bout.


In the placement round match versus Japan, Kiefer earned a 5-0 advantage in her first bout versus Chieko Sugawara. She then was outscored 6-4 in her second bout by Kyomi Hirata before earning a 6-0 advantage in her final bout against Kanae Ikehata to clinch the win for the U. S.


The Americans never led against Poland, but Kiefer earned three more total touches than her opponents in the match. She tied her first bout against Sylwia Gruchala at five, was outscored 5-3 in her second bout against Martyna Synoradzka and outscored Karolina Chlewinska 7-2 in her third and final bout.


The six-place finish the women’s team foil was Kiefer’s final event of the 2012 games. The 18-year-old Notre Dame commit is expected to try to qualify for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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