Fans of American fencing saw familiar faces at the top of the podium at the Pan American Championships in Toronto (CAN) with U.S. stars earning five golds in the six divisions.
In fact, the U.S. claimed multiple medals in three divisions: men’s Foil and Sabre and women’s Sabre. World no. 1 Eli Dershwitz and 2016 Olympic silver winner Daryl Homer went 1-2 in the men’s Sabre and Ann-Elizabeth Stone and 2004-08 Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis were the finalists in the women’s Sabre.
Race Imboden, Alexander Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt won the gold and both bronze medals in the men’s Foil.
The U.S. women swept all three events, with Kelley Hurley winning the Epee and Nicole Ross taking the Foil title.
Imboden, Dershwitz and Hurley all defended their titles from 2018 and Imboden and Hurley won their third Pan Am titles in a row. Favored Ruben Limardo (VEN) won his second Epee title in the last three years.
The Pan Am Championships continue this week with the team competitions. Summaries:
Pan American Fencing Championships
Toronto (CAN) ~ 27 June-2 July 2019
(Full results here)
Epee: 1. Ruben Limardo Gascon (VEN); 2; Jesus Limardo (VEN); 3. Yunior Reytor Venet (CUB) and Jose Felix Dominguez (ARG). Semis: Limardo Gascon d. Reytor Venet, 15-8; Limardo d. Dominguez, 15-12. Final: Limardo Gascon d. Limardo, 15-14.
Foil: 1. Race Imboden (USA); 2. Guilherme Toldo (BRA); 3. Alex Massialas (USA) and Gerek Meinhardt (USA). Semis: Imboden d. Meinhardt, 15-7; Toldo d. Massialas, 15-14. Final: Imboden d. Toldo, 15-4.
Sabre: 1. Eli Dershwitz (USA); 2. Daryl Homer (USA); 3. Joseph Polossifakis (CAN) and Pascual Maria di Tella (ARG). Semis: Homer d. Di Tella, 15-3; Dershwitz d. Polossifakis, 15-10. Final: Dershwitz d. Homer, 15-14.
Epee: 1. Kelley Hurley (USA); 2. Maria Martinez (VEN); 3. Nathalie Moellhausen (BRA) and Maria Luisa Doig (PER). Semis: Hurley d. Moellhausen, 15-11; Martinez d. Doig, 15-9. Final: Hurley d. Martinez, 15-7.
Foil: 1. Nicole Ross (USA); 2. Jessica Guo (CAN); 3. Kelleigh Ryan (CAN) and Eleanor Harvey (CAN). Semis: Ross d. Harvey, 6-5; Guo d. Ryan, 165-10. Final: Ross d. Guo, 11-10.
Sabre: 1. Anne-Elizabeth Stone (USA); 2. Mariel Zagunis (USA); 3. Gabriella Page (CAN) and Maria Perez Maurice (ARG). Semis: Ross d. Perez Maurice, 15-11; Zagunis d. Page, 15-13. Final: Stone d. Zagunis, 15-14.