Lee Kiefer defeated defending champion Russia Inna Deligrasova 15-13 in the women’s foil final to win the third fencing gold in US history.
Mariel Zagnes is the only other American swordfighter to win the Saber event and win gold in the 2004 and 2008 games.
Keefer stripped off the mask after the last point and shouted, “Oh my god!” She was fifth at the 2012 London Olympics and tenth at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Keefer, who won four NCAA championships at the University of Notre Dame, is now a medical student at the University of Kentucky. Her husband, Gerek Meinhardt, won the bronze medal with the US team at the 2016 Olympics.
“It feels great to share with my coach, husband, family, and everyone who participates in it,” she said of her gold medal hanging from her neck. “I wish I could chop it up and distribute it to everyone I love.”
Russia’s Larisa Korobenikova defeated Italy’s Alice Volpi 15-14 in a bronze match.
Romain Cannone won France’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics shortly thereafter, beating Hungary’s Gergely Sikló in the men’s Epe final 15-10.
Cannon led 14-9 after two periods in a one-on-fifteen match, ending shortly in the third match. The 24-year-old Cannon was born in France, but grew up in the United States and attended Sacred Heart University. He returned to France in 2016 to increase his chances of participating in the 2020 Olympics.
Ukraine’s Igor Rayslin won the bronze medal by defeating Italy’s Andrea Santarelli 15-12.
Lee Kiefer defeats defending champion and wins third fencing gold medal in US history
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