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UNITED STATES IN COMMAND OF LIMA 2019 FENCING COMPETITION

The Women’s Foil and Men’s Saber disciplines added two more gold medals for the team representing the Stars and Stripes.

Two of today’s strongest fencers climbed to the top of the podium at the close of the individual competitions in Fencing at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. At the end of the day, it was none other than Wuxi 2018 World Cup gold medalist Katharine Holmes and the Olympic and World Championships silver medalist Daryl Homer who took home the golds in two exciting finals at the Lima Convention Center.

Holmes won in the final over the young Venezuelan Patrizia Piovesan from Venezuela who was competing in Venezuela’s first ever individual saber final at the Games. The battle was dominated by Holmes during the second round where her defense was essential to finish with a score of 14 to 10 to win the gold.

“I felt very calm and confident, I knew that my job was to be very strategic and I was able to do so. I won a very important gold medal for us,” said Katharine Holmes, giving Team USA its fourth gold medal in fencing at Lima 2019.

The two bronze medals in the event went to the current World Champion, Brazil’s Nathalie Moellhausen, and Argentina’s Clara Di Tella.

The multi-medalist Daryl Homer would soon add a fifth gold for Team USA. After falling behind early, Homer was able to outlast Canada’s Shaul Gordon in the semifinal with a nail-biting score of 15 to 14. In the final, he squared off agains Argentina’s Pascual Di Tella in another exciting match, this time achieving victory with a score of 15-13. Gordon and Cuba’s Harold Rodriguez each won the bronze medals.

“It was very important to overcome that semifinal, and then look for our gold in the final. Tactically, things went very well and we have reached a new goal,” added Homer.

The team events start today with the Men’s Saber and Women’s Foil.