Two Straight Medals
TOKYO, Japan – For the second straight week, sophomore Alex Massialas captured a medal on the international fencing circuit as he earned bronze at the Senior Men’s Foil Tokyo Grand Prix.
Massialas was competing for the first time since winning his first career gold on the senior tour last weekend in Seoul, South Korea. He defeated his USA teammate Race Imboden in the fianls for the top prize and this week wound up drawing another American in the semifinals.
The semifinals came down to a matchup between two San Francisco natives in Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt. The two battled to a 15-11 final with Meinhardt coming out on top. He would go on to win gold while Massialas shared bronze with Imboden to give Team USA three medals at the event.
In two weeks of fencing, Massialas had more than doubled his points total. His two podium finishes gave him a combined 62 points to stretch his yearly total to 117. He is just five points away from a career best.
Massialas won four bouts to reach the semifinals in Tokyo. He had two close bouts the rounds leading up to it with a 15-13 win over France’s Vincent Simon in the quarterfinals and a 15-14 victory over Alexey Cheremisinov of Russia. It was the second straight week that Massialas beat Cheremisinov, who was ranked No. 2 in the world the first time the two met and No. 7 this week.
In the round of 32, Massialas posted a 15-11 win over Alessio Foconi of Italy. Massialas cruised to a 15-7 win against Egypt’s Alaaeldin Abouelkassem in the round of 64.
The next stop on the international men’s foil tour is Havana, Cuba. The Senior World Cup event will take place May 23-25.